I’m sure we all agree that fleas are nasty, vicious pests which we’d all rather see the back of. However, you do not need to release a powerful toxin throughout your house in order to kill them off. If you’re thorough and careful, there are simple steps to take which will rid your home of virtually all adult fleas and their eggs. One key part of this process is shampooing your pet. Let’s discuss a few different dog shampoos so that you have an idea of what to look for when shopping.
Bio Spot Flea and Tick Shampoo: This is a powerful shampoo, designed to eradicate incumbent fleas on contact. Using the correct quantity as described on the bottle, give your pet a good lather with lots of scrubbing; they’ll probably love it! Containing an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) which lasts for up to 28 days, any unfortunate fleas which try and infest your pet will be killed for that entire duration. It is not only a flea remover, either; this shampoo also contains oatmeal, lanolin and aloe to soothe your dog’s inflamed skin. Bio Spot comes in two different formulas: one for puppies and one for adult dogs.
Sentry Flea and Tick Shampoo: Unlike Bio Spot, this Sentry product is a single formula which can be used for any dog that is 12 weeks or older. For younger puppies, you will need to choose an alternative. Formulated to endure ten days of flea-killing action, this product also leaves your dog smelling great with Hawaiian Ginger and Tropical Breeze scents. More of a treat for the owner than your pet, it is still a nice touch.
Adam’s Flea and Tick Shampoo with D-Limonene: More of a general-purpose shampoo than the others we’ve seen, Adam’s is suitable for use on cats, dogs, puppies and kittens. Its active ingredient is D-Limonene, which is an all-natural insecticide with a citrus scent. Adam’s Flea and Tick shampoo helps condition your pet’s coat while loosening tangled knots of fur at the same time.
Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet Shampoo: As with Adam’s general purpose flea remover, the De Flea product can be used on both cats and dogs. It is gentle enough that topical flea killers like Frontline and Advantage II can still be used, while strong enough to kill of any pleas that are presently on your pet’s coat. It will also stop the development of eggs and pupae.
A Final Word On Shampooing
As with any products being used to treat or kill fleas, it is recommended that you speak with your veterinarian before making any purchases. Do not expect better results from using the product more frequently than advised on the bottle; dogs are not used to shampooing their coats and excessive use could be damaging to their health. However, if you abide the instructions on the bottle, any of these products will help eradicate fleas from your pet’s coat.