Flea shampoo is one potential tool in your kit for getting rid of fleas. If you have a flea infestation, you should consider frequent flea baths for your pet. You need to be careful when buying one, however, because you don't want to have something that is too harsh for your pet. Flea control requires a number of actions, and using shampoo on your pet is one way to go about it.
A good shampoo will give you a good way to ease your pet's discomfort from fleas. There are many different kinds though, and you need to read the instructions carefully. First, you should be careful about giving a young dog or cat a flea bath. Many shampoos are too harsh for kittens or puppies, and should not be used without consulting a vet. You do have another option for young animals - simply buy baby shampoo. It's not going to kill the fleas with chemicals, but it can kill them by drowning - this is often a safer option even for older pets, especially those who may be sensitive to flea treatments.
You should also be careful about bathing your pets too often with these kinds of products. It's a good tool for flea control, but like anything, it can be overused. You don't want to bombard your pet with dozens of different chemicals - pick one or two products, and then go with other, non-chemical methods such as vacuuming. Chemicals can cause severe reactions if a pet is sensitive or overexposed - used wisely, they are a great tool. Overused, they could make your pet even less comfortable than if you had just left the fleas alone.
Homemade Flea Shampoo - Some people push this as a cheap option, and have put recipes online for various home remedy versions. I would simply avoid this - first, you're not going to really be able to do all that much about fleas using some homemade version of flea dip, and you'll risk putting in something that your pet will have an adverse reaction to. If you want to go cheap, then get baby shampoo. It won't kill the fleas, but it can stick to them and keep them from escaping up your dog's neck if you lather it well. That makes it very easy to drown them - and it won't aggravate your pet's eyes or ears with anything in it.
Zodiac Fleatrol Flea and Tick Sponge On - Zodiac Flea Shampoo is designed to be diluted, and it is made to kill all manner of parasites - fleas, ticks, lice, mites, the works. Make SURE that you follow the instructions. You are not supposed to take this stuff out of the bottle and stick it on your pet - you're supposed to dilute it in water. If you don't, your pet is going to get an unsafe dosage. It's designed to be sponged onto your pet, which can make the bathing process easier - you don't have to get it as wet and risk escapes. It works pretty effectively. One minus - you can't use it on pets under 12 weeks old. That's a pretty high limit compared to some other brands. If you want to pay a little more, you can get the already diluted version.
Adams Flea and Tick Shampoo - Adams Flea Shampoo is designed to kill fleas and ticks, but it's also billed as repelling gnats and mosquitoes after you've bathed your pet. It's a pretty effective brand, but you have to use it fairly frequently - about once every 10 days. You need to be really careful not to let your pet ingest it and to keep it away from their eyes when you're giving them the flea bath. One problem: you have to keep it on your pet for 3-5 minutes after you've applied it. That can be a real hassle, especially with cats. They are going to wriggle and struggle and not want to wait around for that long.
Hartz 2 in 1 Rid Flea Shampoo - Hartz Flea Shampoo is designed to kill fleas, lice, and ticks. People generally like this as a shampoo - it makes your animal's coat shine and it smells pretty good for most people. It gets mixed reviews as far as how good it is at actually killing the fleas, though - a lot of people report that they're still around. This may be because of high expectations, however - no shampoo is going to get rid of your flea problem alone, they just don't work that way. If you've got fleas around your house, they'll just hop right back on. It's cheap, and that's a big plus in its favor.
Scratchex Flea and Tick Shampoo - This is another one that gets great reviews for how it makes your pet's coat look, but not as good for the effectiveness against fleas. It's relatively mild, so if you have an animal that licks themselves often (especially cats) then you don't take as much risk in them ingesting it if you don't clean them thoroughly after the bath. It's designed to have low Ph, so there's not the kind of damage to the fur coat that some shampoos can cause.
Zema Flea Shampoo - I don't know much about this one. I haven't been able to find any customer reviews of it, but it is billed as including conditioners and being ph balanced. You might take a look at it if only because it comes in different versions for cats and dogs. Because they've generally got species-specific fleas and because of the difference in animal size, you may be able to get a dose more tailored to your pet.
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