Sentinel for dogs is basically a combination of Program and Interceptor, used to prevent heartworm disease, kill flea eggs and control roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. As with the use of Program, Novartis recommends using Sentinal in combination with Capstar to control and prevent flea infestations.
Give your pet heartworm preventative year-round or during the mosquito season. Keep an eye on the temperature; the heartworm larva requires approximatly 2 weeks of daily temperatures at or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit to develop inside the mosquito before your pet can become infected. The larvae stop developing when temperatures fall below 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure you don’t have any mosquitoes in the house, where temperatures are usually higher year-round.
Signs & Symptoms of Heartworm Disease; coughing (with or without blood), weight loss, fainting, congested heart failure.
CAUTION – Dogs and cats, older than 6 months of age, should be tested for an existing heartworm infection prior to administering Sentinel. This product is not effective against adult heartworms. Labored breathing, vomiting, salivation and lethargy have been noted in dogs with a high number of circulating heartworm larvae.
CAUTION – There is always a risk of developing parasite resistance to a parasite preventative when used for a long period of time. We recommend that fecal tests are run once or twice a year to determine the efficacy of the product.