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Old 03-16-2010, 03:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What's your opinion? Bella is a week shy of 5 months old, and has been on Sentinel since her puppy shots. We live in GA, where in the summer you can walk to your mailbox to get the mail with wet hair and, and when you return to your front door, it's dry. That's due to the humidity and 90+ degree days. Bella is going to be kept primarily in the backyard (it's fenced) when it's playtime, but overall she's an indoor dog.

I looked at petmeds site and a year's supply of sentinel with three tick collars (have to buy 3 collars I figured, for 9 months of the year and they each last 3 months) is roughly the same as what it would cost for a 9 month supply of Frontline and a year's worth of Heartgard. What do you guys and gals think?

I am indifferent between the two, however, i've always used frontine on my pets. With Frontline, I hate having to apply it because I always feel like I don't get it on her skin well enough, and with the Sentinel option, I am not crazy about having to make her wear a stinky tick collar for 6 months out of the year.
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I am not familiar with Sentinel. We go with Interceptor and then only treat for fleas and ticks if needed. I don't like applying poision if it's not needed, but that's just me
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I agree with Mom2Rocky. I do not put chemicals on my dogs -- my dog I had when I was a kid got Lupus from a flea spray Learned the hard way.

I am using a natural form of flea repellant -- It's called Neem, and Ark Naturals makes a spray that has neem and citronella, but you can just use pure Neem oil and apply. My ex used those topicals on his cats. They always seem soo sick for days after . For heartworm, I use the absolute most basic Heartgard. I also use Milk Thistle for five days afterwards. Milk Thistle is a detox.
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To me, when it comes to fleas, the chemical preventatives are more harmful than fleas themselves. Plus, while Boxers can get fleas, you really notice them right away because of the short coat. Maybe not on Rocky due to his seal brindle coat.
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We initially were going to go with Sentinel, for the convienience of an "all in one" heartworm and flea product, but I didn't like that it doesn't kill adult fleas that get on the dog, so we went with Interceptor and Frontline. I will absolutly NOT tolerate even the IDEA of fleas on my dog or in my house, because I get bitten up like you wouldn't believe, so we wanted a better flea prevention method should he pick some up somewhere...
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Great info guys, thanks. I decided to go with Interceptor as well, as it is claimed to be everything that sentinel is for worms, minus the flea protection. I called my vet's office and she said that heartgard is a very high quality product, but it does not cover whipworms. Interceptor does, and it was the same price, so I researched it a bit and purchased it.

We're also going to use frontline for fleas/ticks, because I think that it is the lesser of two evils, compared to the sentinel/toxic tick collar combo that my vet recommended. I actually purchased a tick collar from my vet's office (it's un-opened, and going back for credit for her spay bill next month). I am just blown away how products can get recommended and they're complete poison! There is a well-known web site where you can buy pet meds and I read some customer reviews about this particular collar: One poor young lady put the collar on her completely healthy 6 week old Rott pup, and the dog DIED the next day at the vet's office! Give me a freakin' break.

Anyways, I do not like administering meds to me, my family, or pets unless absolutely necessary, but in GA, we have to have a solid flea/tick control for at least 5-6 months of the year, or the dog will be in agony. My parents have a beautiful and amazing boxer-whippet girl, and my fiance pulled a huge tick from her eyelid last summer and she said that the tick was "Deader that a doornail" when she removed it. Avery gets frontline during the spring/summer months.
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I went with the interceptor for the coverage of whipworms too. I take my doggies to the dog park so I wanted to make sure they were covered as much as possible in the worms department. I make sure I spray my shoes off and wash their feet very well but it is still possible for them to pick up something. I have not have a problem with fleas or ticks in at least 5+ years. I guess we have been lucky. Knock on wood lol. Thats why I decide not to treat them monthly. But I do have frontline on hand if needed and lyme vaccine has been given. I may use frontline with Rocky this spring due to him going in the woods with me for morel mushroom hunting (end of April & start of May) (this is also why he got the lyme vaccine). But other than that I only treat if needed. I can understand treating monthly in your situation if they are heavy in your area. You may want to check into a lyme vaccine if ticks carry it in your area. Lyme is VERY common in Illinois.
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When Knuckles was old enough to get medication applied to him, our vet put him on ProMeris.....It has worked really well and he has not had any problems with fleas, ticks, or anything. You might want to check it out.
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You can use a natural mineral actually for the prevention of worms called diatomaceous earth : Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth Helps Eliminate Worms & Parasites

It is absolutely not harmful. You can actually spread it in your yard as well, in your house, even on your dog if it's food grade. No chemical's going on my dogs.

There's actually a product called Bug Off for flea prevention also. I can't use it with my two, as most of its ingredients I already supplement with. Also has some other questionable ingredients regarding my female's allergies. But one of the ingredients in it is the diatomaceous earth.
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I know this is an older post, but I'm not sure people realize what is in Sentinel, it combines the active ingredients of Interceptor (milbemycin oxime) Flavor Tabs and Program (lufenuron) Tablets.

Well program is as far as I know the safest way to treat fleas, if there's something not safe about it, I'd like to know as i've only read about how safe it is for even humans. It doesn't kill adult fleas, but makes them sterile/no eggs

I was just surprised to read that people just use Interceptor and don't poison if not needed, but Interceptor is the actual ingredients that would more likely have an effect than lufenuron.

I don't use sentinel, so in no way am I trying to defend the product, but my sister has been using it for years and swears by it for health and effectiveness. Even though it's true it doesn't kill adult fleas, she used to use capstar when she first got her dog and it had fleas and gave her baths with dawn and then after that it seemed sentinel took care of everything.

I'm considering sentiel as frontline plus is very expensive and it doesn't seem to be effective as it used to for my girl and the price of sentiel seems much better when you take heartworm into consideration. Only down side? Doesn't cover ticks if that's an issue for you
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