Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sentinel tabs are one of the most commonly used forms of parasite control for pets, and they're most commonly for your canine. The tablet is meant to be taken once per month, and it works more effectively than many other more expensive and complicated methods such as injections and progressive treatments. Not only is Sentinel for dogs effective in getting rid of fleas, it prevents fleas, heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and ascarids. How is it that a simple tablet, taken once per month, can effectively prevent these things more than other more complicated treatments?
The parasite control for Sentintel works in two major ways. The first is the use of milbemycin oxime, which is sold separately by Novartis Animal Health, the manufacturer of Sentinel, as the drug "Interceptor." Milbemyrcin oxime has almost no major side effects in normal doses, and it is able to completely eliminate fleas and worms with basic treatment.
The second is the use of the drug lufenuron. Lufenuron is an active ingredient in many different canine medications designed for the prevention of worms. The reason it is so effective in eliminating fleas and worms is that it is not technically a drug, but a pesticide. It makes an impact by functioning as an inhibitor. The inhibiting effect of lufenuron actually prevents fleas and worms from developing fully, and entirely prevents them from reproducing.
These drugs are potent enough and function under a natural time release, so a once per month dose effectively gains all the desired results. While it may seem that a month of dosage would be potent enough to create risks for your dog, side effects of the combined drugs are minor. They may include loss of appetite or changes in mood in animals that are basically healthy, but always be sure to contact your veterinarian prior to starting any treatment.