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FAQs

What do dog lovers like you want to know?

Answers to frequently asked questions.

INTESTINAL PARASITES — Hookworms

Dogs usually acquire adult hookworms from eating hookworm eggs found in the environment or from maturing hookworms entering a dog’s skin. Puppies can get hookworms from their mothers, either before birth or while nursing.

Hookworms live in a dog’s intestine and can cause weight loss, bloody diarrhea, and anemia. Blood loss can lead to death, especially in puppies.

Dogs may be exposed to and can become infected with hookworms throughout the year, regardless of season or climate. Hookworm treatment and control is as easy as giving your dog SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron/praziquantel) or SENTINEL® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron) FLAVOR TABS® once a month for year-round protection.

You can learn more about hookworms and other intestinal parasites here.

INTESTINAL PARASITES — Roundworms

Dogs typically get roundworms from the soil or infected animals, such as mice. Puppies can also get the infection from their mothers.

Roundworms affect the intestine and cause a range of signs, including a rough hair coat, bloated belly, stunted growth, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Dogs may be exposed to and can become infected with roundworms throughout the year, regardless of season or climate. Roundworm treatment and control is as easy as giving your dog SENTINEL<sup>&reg;</sup> SPECTRUM<sup>&reg;</sup> (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron/praziquantel) or SENTINEL<sup>&reg;</sup> (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron) FLAVOR TABS<sup>&reg;</sup> once a month for year-round protection.

You can learn more about roundworms and other intestinal parasites here.

INTESTINAL PARASITES — Tapeworms

Dogs most often pick up tapeworm eggs by swallowing an infected flea or eating flesh from an infected rabbit, rodent, or other host.

Often, dogs don’t show any signs of tapeworms. If they do, then the first sign of an infection is usually seeing cucumber-seed–like worm segments on a dog’s rear end or in its feces. Occasionally, larger parts of the worm may pass out of the dog. In the case of a heavy infection, a dog may lose weight.

Dogs may be exposed to and can become infected with tapeworms throughout the year, regardless of season or climate. Tapeworm treatment and control is as easy as giving your dog SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron/praziquantel) once a month for year-round protection.

You can learn more about tapeworms and how to prevent them here.

INTESTINAL PARASITES — Whipworms

Dogs most often pick up whipworm eggs from outdoor areas where dogs have gone potty.

Your dog may not show any signs of illness in the early stages of the infection.

Whipworms live in a dog’s intestine and can cause loss of appetite, dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and anemia if the infection goes untreated.

Dogs may be exposed to and can become infected with whipworms throughout the year, regardless of season or climate. The challenge is that once the environment is contaminated with whipworm eggs, the chances of a dog becoming infected again are very high. Whipworm treatment and control is as easy as giving your dog SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron/praziquantel) or SENTINEL® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron)
FLAVOR TABS® once a month for year-round protection.

You can learn more about whipworms and other intestinal parasites here.

PARASITES — Fleas

Dogs can pick up fleas from an infested environment—either outdoors or indoors. Flea larvae and pupae can survive on furniture, bedding, in floors, and carpets or rugs.

If your dog is scratching more than usual and there are tiny red or black specks visible when you part its fur, then you may have a flea infestation. Your dog may also lose hair and have reddened patches of skin. Since fleas feed on a dog’s blood, a heavy infestation may lead to anemia.

Only 5% of fleas are adults that live on the dog. The other 95% are mostly eggs and maggot-like larvae living wherever the flea eggs have fallen off the dog. The highest concentration of these infestations will be in a dog’s favorite resting spots—the carpet, the couch, the bed.1

Flea prevention is better than flea treatment. Giving your dog SENTINEL® Brand Products every 30 days prevents flea eggs from developing into adults, breaking the life cycle, and prevents infestations while protecting your dog against potentially deadly heartworms and a broad spectrum of intestinal parasites. The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends year-round flea treatment throughout your dog’s life to protect against flea infestations on your dog and in your home.2

You can learn about the flea life cycle and prevention here.

References:
1. Dryden M, MacDonald J, Hnilica K, et al. 2005 Guidelines: flea control on dogs and cats. Advanstar Veterinary Healthcare Communications; 2005.

2. Companion Animal Parasite Council. CAPC Recommendations: fleas. http://www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/fleas/. Accessed November 24, 2015.

PARASITES — Heartworms

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal parasitic disease that affects the arteries, heart, and lungs of dogs.

Signs include lack of energy; coughing; weight loss; and heavy, difficult breathing.

When an infected mosquito bites a dog, it releases young heartworms, called larvae, which mature into bigger worms that lodge in the dog’s heart and lungs.

No matter where you live, it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to spread heartworm disease to your dog. Even indoor dogs are at risk for heartworm disease.

The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends dogs be tested for heartworm disease every year.1

A dog with heartworm disease needs special treatment to eliminate the heartworms living in their arteries, heart, and lungs. Treatment for heartworm disease can be a risky, complicated, lengthy, and expensive process. That’s why heartworm prevention is so important.

Heartworm prevention is as easy as giving your dog SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron/praziquantel) or SENTINEL® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron) FLAVOR TABS® once a month for year-round protection.

You can learn more about heartworms here, or you can visit the American Heartworm Society and the Companion Animal Parasite Council websites for detailed information about heartworm disease.

Reference:
1. Companion Animal Parasite Council. CAPC Recommendations: fleas. http://www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/fleas/.  Accessed November 24, 2015.

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SENTINEL® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron) FLAVOR TABS®

In addition to providing flea and heartworm protection, you’ll also be protecting your dog against common intestinal parasites—roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.

For optimal flea and heartworm protection, you should administer SENTINEL<sup>&reg;</sup> FLAVOR TABS<sup>&reg;</sup> every 30 days. If you need help remembering, you can sign up to receive a monthly reminder.

SENTINEL<sup>&reg;</sup> FLAVOR TABS<sup>&reg;</sup> are chewable tablets that are given by mouth along with a meal. Giving the product with a meal helps ensure full absorption of the medicine.

Administer the missed dose as soon as possible and continue your monthly dosing schedule from the date of that dose. Contact your veterinarian if you have missed more than one dose or if your pet has been in recent contact with mosquitoes.

Both products protect dogs against heartworms, roundworms, and hookworms, but SENTINEL® FLAVOR TABS® also protect against 2 important and common parasites that HEARTGARD Plus Chews don’t: fleas and whipworms.

HEARTGARD is a registered trademark of Merial.

SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron/praziquantel)

In addition to providing flea and heartworm prevention, you’ll also be protecting your dog against other important and common intestinal parasites: roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms.

For optimal flea and heartworm protection, you should give your dog SENTINEL<sup>&reg;</sup> SPECTRUM<sup>&reg;</sup> every 30 days. If you need help remembering, then you can sign up to receive a monthly reminder.

SENTINEL<sup>&reg;</sup> SPECTRUM<sup>&reg;</sup> makes treating and controlling parasites easy and delicious. Simply give the tasty, beef and bacon chew to your dog along with a meal. Giving the product with a meal helps ensure full absorption of the medicine.

If you forget to give your dog a dose, then administer the missed dose as soon as possible and continue your monthly dosing schedule from the date of that dose. Contact your veterinarian if you have missed more than one dose or if your pet has been in recent contact with mosquitoes.

Both products protect dogs against heartworms, roundworms, and hookworms, but SENTINEL® SPECTRUM®, with its unique combination of ingredients, protects against 3 common parasites that HEARTGARD® Plus Chews don’t: fleas, whipworms, and tapeworms.

HEARTGARD is a registered trademark of Merial.

general

Not all heartworm medicines provide the same spectrum of parasite protection. SENTINEL<sup>&reg;</sup> FLAVOR TABS<sup>&reg;</sup> are chewable tablets that protect dogs against fleas, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® is a soft, beef and bacon flavored chew that adds tapeworm protection to offer the broadest coverage available.

Because the relationship with your veterinarian is important for your pet’s overall health, we encourage you to purchase SENTINEL® Brand Products through your veterinarian. When you do, you can save money with our rebate offer worth up to $25—available only on SENTINEL® Brand Products purchased through your veterinarian. Get your rebate now.

Yes. Both SENTINEL<sup>&reg;</sup> SPECTRUM<sup>&reg;</sup> and SENTINEL<sup>&reg;</sup> FLAVOR TABS<sup>&reg;</sup> offer a size that can be given to small dogs. SENTINEL<sup>&reg;</sup> SPECTRUM<sup>&reg;</sup> has a size available for dogs weighing from 2–8 lbs and SENTINEL<sup>&reg;</sup> FLAVOR TABS<sup>&reg;</sup> has a size available for dogs weighing from 2–10 lbs.

You may see an occasional “hitchhiker” adult flea that your dog has picked up at the dog park or in the yard or other infested environments where 95% of the flea population lives in the form of eggs, maggot-like larvae, and pupae.1 SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® and SENTINEL® FLAVOR TABS® put an end to fleas before they become adults. You may need an adulticide, such as EFFITIX® Topical Solution for Dogs, to treat occasional adult fleas.

No, both SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® and SENTINEL® FLAVOR TABS® are only approved for use in dogs.

Reference:
1. Dryden M, MacDonald J, Hnilica K, et al. 2005 Guidelines: flea control on dogs and cats. Advanstar Veterinary Healthcare Communications; 2005.