Protecting all of my family members from illnesses that may lurk around us is one of the most important things for me. Not only do I ensure that my husband, myself and our children are getting everything we need to stay healthy our pets health is also our top priority. Finding protection from heartworms, fleas and other parasites is crucial for our fur babies well-being.
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We all know how vital it is to get our pets to the veterinarian at the first sign of illness or injury. What about the anticipatory things? You know, making sure our 4 legged loved ones get all they need before the possibility of an illness or disease can occur. There are a bunch of scary parasites out there and we are the ones that can make sure we get our pets the protection they need. I like to do a lot of research ahead of our vet visits. It really helps me to be aware of what our dogs need before going to the vet that way I’m fully informed and have any questions we may have ready.
A hot topic for our pets has been about parasites and what we can do to safeguard our precious pups! When you read what these horrible organisms can do to our beautiful pets it is really scary.
There are 6 common parasites that can affect all of our dogs at anytime
After investigating and reading all the different products out there and speaking to our Veterinarian we felt it was best to get a defense in place for Lehua and Sofia. At Lehua’s yearly physical her vet did a thorough exam and blood work. The blood test is done to check for heartworms. It is recommended that this is done yearly. On the agenda for our visit was to start Lehua on Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum®. I read up on Sentinel® products and felt this would be the best way to give her the protection she deserves.
We hear all the terrifying things mosquitoes can carry and give to us humans… They can also transmit deadly diseases to our dogs as well. No matter where you live the risk is real even for our strictly indoor pets. Year round we have to watch out for these disease carrying parasites.
It’s alarming to think that 300,000 dogs in the U.S. contract heartworms each year from infected mosquitoes. This causes them to have lack of energy, weight loss, and breathing problems as well. If our dogs are not treated, heartworms can cause lung and heart damage and even death. A simple blood test with results back in minutes is all that is need to detect the presence of heartworms. Making an appointment with your Vet and getting a prescription for Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum® is surefire way to prevent this painful and life threatening disease from inflicting our furry family members.
Another stickler topic is fleas; if you’ve ever encountered them or know someone who has, you know this will wreak havoc for not only your animals but for your entire home. If you’ve seen one flea, there could actually be hundreds more ready to hatch. Fleas on your dog are just the beginning of the storm. I was stunned to find out only 5% of fleas are adults. This means the other 95% are eggs and immature fleas living in the environment. Yikes!!!!! These fleas can live in our home unseen for up to a year before finding a host. In steps Sentinel® Spectrum®, a once a month chewable that will stop fleas from becoming adults. This literally puts an end to the infestation cycle.
There are also intestinal parasites, such as hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. These are worms that invade your dog’s digestive system which can cause extreme health problems for our pets. Fleas can pass tapeworms to our dogs. These intestinal invaders are often not noticed for a while. While Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum® is giving our dogs protection from Heartworms and fleas it is also able to protect them from the inside out keeping them safe from all of these other unwanted and unhealthy intruders.
Our dog’s veterinarian fully recommends Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum® as a means to giving Lehua and Sofia the best protection we can give them. We started Lehua on the monthly chews at the beginning of March. She did extremely well and we love how easy it is to give the once a month beef and bacon tablet to her. Remembering to give her the monthly soft chew is a breeze. Sentinel® makes it easy with their email or text reminders.
We’re very happy with our choice to give Lehua the best we can give her with Virbac® Sentinel® Spectrum®. The cost of a 6 month supply is extremely reasonable and without a doubt worth it. Sentinel® is offering a rebate to make an already affordable product even that much more cost-effective.
Have you heard about all these frightening parasites that can harm our dogs? Has your dog had his or her yearly heartworm screening? Speaking to your vet about the testing needed and getting them started on Sentinel® Spectrum® is the best way to take the precautions to prevent any harm from coming to our furry best friends.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Virbac® Sentinel®. The opinions and text are all mine.