Fleas 101: The Good, The Bad and the Itchy #SentinelSpectrum

Fleas 101 The Good The Bad The ItchyMost everyone is aware of fleas, but there are still misconceptions about how flea infestations occur and the best way to stop them. In my final post in conjunction with SENTINEL® SPECTRUM® we’re going to cover fleas in greater detail and discuss the results from last month’s survey.

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The Good:

Okay, there aren’t really any positive aspects of fleas themselves. The good news is it’s entirely possible to protect your pet and home from a flea infestation with year-round preventative like SENTINEL SPECTRUM. I’ll explain exactly how, below.

The Bad:

Once thought of as a seasonal pest, fleas are actually quite hardy. In cold climates, adult fleas survive on dogs or cats while pre-emerged adults survive within pupal casings in protected environments. [1] Fleas will take up residence just about anywhere, including upholstered furniture in your home or even in your car interior!


By the time you notice an adult flea on your pet the flea has likely already began laying eggs. [2]  Female fleas can lay 40-50 eggs per day and under normal conditions can live 2-3 months. That’s a lot of baby fleas to contend with.

When your dog is given SENTINEL SPECTRUM, fleas feeding on their blood are also feeding on Lufenuron. Lufenuron is a unique ingredient found in SENTINEL brand products that prevents fleas from developing into adults. Because it’s ingested, it can’t be washed off and it’s evenly distributed through your dog’s system.


If baby fleas can’t develop into adults to create more babies, you’ve stopped the flea cycle in its tracks. [3]

Many flea treatments only kill adult fleas already present. But adult fleas are only 5% of the flea population. [3] Using these treatments will give immediate, temporary relief to your dog, but reinfestation is common. [2]

Of course, if you begin treatment with SENTINEL SPECTRUM and maintain year round compliance before an infestation ever occurs, you can keep your dog free of the six most common types of parasites altogether.

The Itchy:

We all probably know that fleas make your dog itch. Some dogs are also extremely sensitive to the antigens from the saliva of fleas, leading to flea allergy dermatitis. [1]

And then there’s an entirely different kind of itch: tapeworms. The most common symptom of tapeworms is an itchy bum. More series infections can lead to weight loss and diarrhea. [4] Honestly, Pug has enough issues back there, I don’t want to think about one more!

Dogs can contract tapeworms from ingesting fleas which commonly occurs during self-grooming or in response to a flea bite. Dogs can also contract tapeworms from ingesting dead animals, but the presence of tapeworms is usually linked with flea infestation. [5]

Make Your Dog a No-Go-Zone for Parasites:

The results from last month’s survey are in and it appears that most blog readers are fairly proficient in parasites. Eighty percent said that heartworm prevention was important while 84% said the same for flea prevention. Seventy-nine percent of respondents said they treat their dogs for fleas year round, but 20% only treat during the spring and summer. With savvy readers like you, I encourage you to go forth and share this campaign so that more pets are a no-go-zone for parasites.


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In short, fleas and tapeworms are just no fun, and potentially dangerous. The surefire way to prevent an infestation is year-round prevention. Using a product with Lufenuron like SENTINEL SPECTRUM will essentially turn your dog into a “flea vacuum”. [2] SENTINEL SPECTRUM simultaneously protects against the 6 most common types of parasites and with an affordable price point plus rebate offers, you have good reason to keep your dog compliant. As your vet if SENTINEL SPECTRUM is right for your dog.

[1] http://www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/fleas/

[2] http://www.capcvet.org/expert-articles/the-case-for-year-round-flea-and-tick-control/

[3] https://www.sentinelpet.com/about-parasites/fleas/controlling-fleas

[4] https://www.sentinelpet.com/about-parasites/intestinal-parasites/tapeworms

[5] http://www.capcvet.org/expert-articles/parasite-control-in-pets-requires-year-round-vigilance/


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Virbac® SENTINEL® SPECTRUM®. The opinions and text are all mine.