Using a flea shampoo is a great way to get rid of fleas if you have found them on your pet. Before you decide to use this kind of treatment you need to identify if your pet has fleas.
To check you can run a flea comb through the fur of your cat or dog. Your not only looking for fleas but flea eggs and flea dirt, if you find any evidence you know what you will be dealing with.
If you see your pet constantly scratching itself this could be the first sign of a flea attack and at this point you should inspect and decide if its time to get out the flea shampoo and give them a flea bath.
Places to look for for fleas are behind the ears, under the chin and above the tail although flea dirt is usually found on the belly.
Once you have decided you need to buy a flea shampoo look for one that that works on flea eggs as well as adult fleas.
The reason you need a shampoo that kill fleas at all stages of their life cycle is to ensure they don’t keep coming back.
We don’t think its worth paying less for a shampoo that only kills adult fleas because it wont get rid of the problem completely and you could end up giving repeated flea baths just to keep the fleas at bay.
Shampoos vary with the ingredients they use with the most common one being pyrethrins. Pyrethrins is an insecticide that might be too strong to use on a puppy or smaller pets, if you need to treat a smaller animal you should look for a more suitable natural flea shampoo.
Another thing to look out for is a flea shampoo that contains a conditioner, this will soften the fur of your pet.
If you are unsure on which product to use you should consult your vet.
If your pet can handle it try and find a flea shampoo that not only works on fleas but ticks as well.
The size and health of your pet matters with some pets being more sensitive to treatments than others.
Talking of sensitivity there are some pets that get irritated by these shampoos, even by the scent and the only way you will find out if your cat or dog is irritated is to try it out.
Most flea shampoos will work very well and is a great way of getting rid of fleas on your pet but what if for some reason it doesn’t work or your pet doesn’t take to it, no need to worry as you can always try a different treatment.
Using a flea shampoo is easy but you do need to rinse out the fur so that no chemicals are left behind that could irritate your pets skin, also avoid getting any of the shampoo in your pets eyes as this will not only be uncomfortable it might put them of having flea baths in the future
Choosing and using a flea shampoo
If your pet is large or medium we would suggest you use a flea shampoo that contains the ingredient pyrethrins to make sure you kill all the adult fleas and eggs.
If your pet is small, a puppy or has bad health we would recommend you choose a flea shampoo that only contains natural ingredients.
If you can try and choose one of the above that has a conditioner which will help keep the skin and fur on your pet nice and healthy.
As with all flea treatments you should read the manufactures instructions very carefully before using the product.
If you have any questions regarding flea treatments or the heath of your pet you should seek advice from your local vet.
When bathing your pet with a flea shampoo you should start from the top and work your way down, this is to stop fleas travelling up your pet and hiding in places such as your pets ears.
Washing the head of your pet can be difficult as you need to avoid getting of the shampoo in their eyes.
Once you have finished washing your pet with the flea shampoo let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly and drying.
Make sure to treat your home to get rid of any remaining fleas and eggs.
Why you should use flea shampoo
The effect of using a flea shampoo is instant.
Depending on the product it can be effective against fleas as well as ticks.
Can be used safely around kids
Gentle and chemical safe for pets.
Used once a month during bath time will kill fleas on your pet
Deodorizes and moisturises your pet.