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What is Sentinel Spectrum?
Sentinel Spectrum chewables kill the immature form of the heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis). They also treat and control adult hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum), roundworms (ascarids - Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonina), whipworms (Trichuris vulpis), and tapeworms. In addition, Sentinel Spectrum chewables control flea populations by breaking the flea lifecycle in both the egg and larval stages.
Who is it for?
For dogs and puppies over 6 weeks of age weighing more than 2 pounds. The safety of Sentinel Spectrum has not been evaluated in dogs used for breeding or in nursing females. However, studies have been performed with Milbemycin oxime and Lufenuron alone. Contact your veterinarian before using this product in pregnant, nursing, or breeding animals.
What are the benefits?
- Protects your dog against heartworm, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms
- Easy to administer chewable also helps control fleas
- Palatable beef-flavored chewable taste like treats
How does Sentinel Spectrum work?
Sentinel Spectrum is used in the prevention, control, and treatment of various worm infections. Sentinel Spectrum chewable contain milbemycin oxime and praziquantel, which interferes with the worms nervous system, eliminating the immature stage of the heartworm larvae and the adult stage of hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Sentinel Spectrum also contains lufenuron, an insect development inhibitor, which breaks the flea life cycle by inhibiting flea egg and larvae development.
Is there a generic equivalent available?
How is it given?
Sentinel Spectrum must be administered monthly, preferably on the same date each month. Drs. Foster and Smith recommends (and our guarantee requires) that Sentinel Spectrum be given year round, although some veterinarians may recommend giving it only during the mosquito season. If given seasonally, the first dose must be given within 30 days of the dog's first exposure to mosquitoes. The last dose must be given within 30 days after the dog's last exposure to mosquitoes. Treatment with fewer than 6 monthly doses after the last exposure to mosquitoes may not provide complete heartworm protection.
To ensure complete absorption, always give Sentinel Spectrum chewables to dogs either with or immediately after a normal meal. Food is essential for proper absorption of of the product into the bloodstream.
Most dogs like the taste of Sentinel Spectrum chewable and will accept the chewable as a treat. The chewables should be administered in a manner that encourages the dog to chew, rather than to swallow without chewing. The Chewables may be broken into pieces and fed to dogs that normally swallow treats whole. Watch the dog closely to be sure the entire dose has been consumed. If not entirely consumed, give another full recommended dose as soon as possible.
What results can I expect?
Sentinel Spectrum will kill the immature heartworms the dog was exposed to in the preceding month. It will treat an intestinal infection with adult hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. It will not kill adult fleas, but will prevent flea eggs, and larvae from maturing.
What form(s) does it come in?
Please click on "More Information" for possible drug and food interactions with this medication.