Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Sentinel Flea Pill

Sentinel  is another orally taken, beef flavored flea pill that can be taken for flea control. It can be given to dogs and puppies older than 4 weeks and weigh more than 2 pounds. It contains IGR’s (Insect Growth Regulator’s) that stop young fleas from becoming adults. However, if your dog picks up a flea or two in the yard or the park, it will not kill that flea. It does not kill adult fleas. If your dog picks up a female flea, it will cause her eggs to be sterile. Also, the flea actually has to bite your dog to work, and if your dog suffers from flea allergies, you should probably use a topical flea control such as Frontline Plus.



 Another good thing about Sentinel is that it prevents heartworms. This will save you from having to purchase two seperate pills. Milbemycin oxime is the active ingreadient in Sentinel that prevents heartworm disease. You have to keep giving the pill to your dog once a month just like other treatments to keep it effective. Sentinel does not kill tapeworms.

In order to get Sentinel for your dog, you must see your veterinarian. They must prescribe it to you. Ask your vet to see if this treatment is right for your dog.

As with any medicine you give to your dog, there are possible side effects. There have been reports of vomiting, depression, lethargy, itching, hives, diarrhea, weight loss, poor coordination, seizures, hypersalivation, and weakness. You will not be able to use Sentinel if your dog has a pre exsisting heartworm infection. This could cause other serious effects, so make sure that your dog is tested for heartworm disease.

If Senitinel is not right for you, do not be discouraged. There are other products out there such as Frontline, Revolution, and Advantage. Another pill alternative is Comfortis, which may be the right choice for you if you are considering a flea pill control.