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I admit that I grew up a cat person, I mean, my Mama was that crazy cat lady with like a dozen or so cats coming and going at a time. So, when I met Hubby, who is a dog person, I kind of changed my ways, especially when we adopted Precious. Between you and me, I had no idea all that went into adopting a dog. I mean, not only do you promise to walk and feed your new family member, but you also have to take on the responsibility of protecting your dog from fleas, heartworms, and intestinal parasites YEAR round, not just in the warmer months.
Here are 6 flawed reasons or myths that people use for not giving their dog year-round prevention from intestinal parasites:
- It is too cold here to worry about it – Um – no, I am sorry, this is not true. In cold climates, fleas survive as adults on dogs and cats or wild mammals or within pupal casings as pre-emerged adults in protected environments. However, egg production begins within 20 to 24 hours of females taking their first blood meal. Female fleas can produce 40 to 50 eggs per day. Under normal conditions, most adult fleas generally survive 2-3 months.
- I had my dog checked for heartworm when she was a pup, so I no longer have to worry – A dog can get heartworms from mosquitos and typically demonstrate heartworm microfilaremia 6 to 7 months after infection. If you have ever been bitten by a mosquito, chances are, your dog has, as well. Keep in mind that heartworms can live approximately 5 to 7 years in the dog, so annual screenings with a simple blood test are important to help detect heartworm disease, as soon as possible.
- I have never seen any fleas, so my dog is safe – The fleas you can see only make up a small portion of the population while the fleas you can’t see are able to survive in a home for up to 1 year before ever finding a host. What you need to do is prevent a flea infestation to begin with by disrupting the reproductive cycle and preventing eggs and pupae from developing into adult fleas. Nip it before you see them 🙂
- My dog is an indoor dog and only goes outside when I walk her – At some point your dog will come into contact with bugs, dirt, grass, etc and though you can’t see them, the dangers are there. Be proactive and be sure she is protected.
- My dog isn’t around any other animals so she is safe- Well, some internal parasites are transmitted through feces, so even if your dog isn’t around any other animals, I am sure he/she comes into contact with their feces, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
- I just don’t have the time to give monthly treatments – This is the biggest flaw of them all… if you give your dog treats then you have the time to keep her safe from intestinal parasites. You see, once monthly Sentinel® Spectrum® Beef Flavored chews are one of the easiest ways to protect your dog from Heartworm, Fleas, Hookworm, Roundworm, Tapeworm, and Whipworm. All you have to do is unwrap the package and feed it to your dog. Unlike other medications, this one is flavored so your dog will eat it right up and will be excited for her next ‘treatment’ the following month.
In the end, it is your job to provide year-round prevention from intestinal parasites. So, take the first step, call your vet and get her tested for heartworm and then ask for a prescription for Sentinel Spectrum Beef Flavored chews.. (I even have a REBATE you can use to get $25 back on your order) Keep in mind that Sentinel® Spectrum® is available by prescription only, in 4 different sizes and can be used safely for dogs six weeks of age or older.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum®. The opinions and text are all mine.
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