Fleas & Tapeworms – do you know the facts? #SENTINELSPECTRUM

Disclosure – This post about fleas and tapeworms is sponsored by Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help create awareness about protection against common parasites found in dogs but we only share information we feel is  to our readers. More information about SENTINEL SPECTRUM. Virbac is not responsible for the content of this article.

fleasPrecious is a part of our family. When we adopted her, we did so knowing that we would do everything in our power to take care of her and love her. Between you and me, I had no idea what all of that meant until the first time she got fleas. Ugh! I really had no idea that she could get fleas in the middle of winter and was naive to the fact that 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. From that moment on, I did my homework and since signing on to work with Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® a few months ago I have learned even more about the 6 most common parasites in dogs and how we can protect them from these parasites.

Fleas and tapeworms are two parasites that Precious has actually had in the past and let me tell you, they are disgusting. I am sure you have heard of fleas before, but did you know that they are amazingly hardy pests that in their immature stages can survive the most challenging conditions?  The worst part is that they can infest not only your dog but also environments that are more hospitable, such as places where animals are housed, areas protected from cold (crawlspaces and under porches), upholstered furniture in homes and even interiors of automobiles. Gross, right?  Sentinel Spectrum for fleas

The cool thing about Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® is that it contains Lufenuron which prevents fleas from developing into adults. And, since it is delivered via a chew, not on the skin, it cannot be washed off and is evenly distributed throughout the pet’s system. It actually works to stop flea eggs and maggot-like flea larvae from developing into adult targeting the majority of the flea problem thus preventing re-infestation and preventing an infestation before it starts.

Now, Tapeworms are another common parasite that is dangerous in dogs. They can contract tapeworm from ingesting fleas during self-grooming, from ingesting fleas in response to a flea bite and from ingesting dead animals. You can tell that your dog has Tapeworms when you find what look like white worms either in your dog’s feces, or where your dog lives and sleeps. parasites and fleas

Do you remember last month when I asked you to fill out a questionnaire for an infographic? Well, here are some of the key points from that infographic!

— 80% of respondents said that heartworm protection was either a High or Very High priority to them as pet parents.

— 84% of respondents said that flea protection was either a High or Very High priority for them as a pet parent.

— 79% of respondents said that they provide their dog flea prevention all year long whereas 20% said that they only provide flea prevention during the spring and summer months.

— 70% of respondents said that a dog can contract tapeworms from ingesting just one infested flea.

— 90% of respondents said that tapeworm segments can be found near a dog’s anus, in feces and/or where he lives and sleeps.

In the end, the best thing to do is stay on top of your dog’s health. Take them to the vet and as soon as she gets a negative heartworm test, ask your veterinarian if SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® is right for your dog. Want to read more information, go to SentinelPet.com. Also, don’t miss out on the rebate by clicking here!

Now that you know the facts about fleas and tapeworms, will you be asking your vet about SENTINEL®


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  1. This is great information to have, glad you shared it with us. I know how important it is to keep our pets healthy!

  2. It is most certainly important to keep our pets healthy too! This looks like a great option!

  3. It’s so important to keep our dogs protected against parasites. And it’s so easy to do it, there’s no reason not to!

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