Sentinel Protects Dogs From Heartworm And Other Worms
Sentinel flavor tabs are a medicine made by Novartis that has
been designed to help protect your dog against heartworm, a
potentially deadly parasite that all dogs should be tested for.
Your vet should perform a heartworm test before you give this
product to your dog, but after the tests have been done then
it is usually safe to begin giving the medicine to your dog
once a month. Heartworms can be transmitted via fleas, so this
is a widespread parasite that is important to protect your dog
Sentinel contains the drug Lufenuron which is a type of drug
known as an 'insect growth regulator' or IGR. You will need
a prescription from your dog's veterinarian for this product.
That means that once the medicine has been digested by your
dog, whenever fleas feed on him or her, the eggs they produce
will not hatch. However, Sentinel is not meant to kill adult
fleas, it only stops flea eggs from developing.
In addition to killing heartworms and flea eggs, Sentinel is
able to control whipworms, hookworms and roundworms. Each of
these are significant parasites that can cause health problems
for your dog, so fighting them is important for its health.
Some of these parasites can also be transmitted to humans and
cause problems with human health, as well.
Sentinel flavor tabs can be given to dogs and even puppies
that are at least 4 weeks of age. By acting early in a puppy's
life, many health issues can be avoided that are associated
not only with heartworm disease, but with the health issues
that are brought into a dog's life by parasites that feed on
them. Sentinel is one of the most trusted brands in dog medications
today, prescribed widely in the field of veterinary medicine
for dogs of all types.
More Product Information:
Milbemycin Oxime and Lufenuron
What is this medication used for
Sentinel is used in the prevention of heartworm disease and
in the control of hookworm, roundworm and whipworm. Sentinel
is also used to control fleas by preventing the development
of flea eggs. The medication does not kill adult fleas.
Sentinel is available by prescription as chewable Flavor Tabs.
If you don't think Sentinel is right for your pet, check our
other pet meds.
How this medicine should be used
Sentinel is indicated for use in dogs and puppies four weeks
of age and older, and two pounds body weight or greater. The
usual dose of Sentinel for dogs 2-10 pounds is 2.3mg/46mg, 11-25
pounds is 5.75mg/115mg, 26-50 pounds is 11.5mg/230mg and 51-100
pounds is 23mg/460mg given once a month year round. An alternate
treatment is to give this medication once a month during the
mosquito season and also one month after the season ends.
What are the side effects
Side effects of Sentinel are rare although some animals may
exhibit depression, drowsiness, vomiting, itching, hives, loss
of appetite, diarrhea, seizures, convulsions, hypersalivation
What special precautions are there
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to it.
The pet should be tested for heartworm disease before starting
this medication. If the pet has been off heartworm preventative
for 6 months or more, retest in 6 months since microfilaria,
that take 6 months to mature, will cause a positive test result.
Because humans can contract hookworm and roundworm from animals
it is important to maintain good personal hygiene. It is also
important to eliminate fleas on the pet and in the household
and to not feed the pet rodents or uncooked meat or fish. To
prevent reinfection, daily cleanup of stools is recommended.
In the event of overdose
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room.
How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the original box. Do not remove the
tablet from the foil wrap until ready to give the medication.
Keep this medication out of the reach of children and pets.