|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Thu May 24, '12 6:58pm PST |
|Flea and tick shampoos are one of the biggest rip offs going! They do perhaps kill the fleas and/or ticks currently ON the dog but there is no residual effect so as soon as they are rinsed and dry, more fleas and ticks hop on. ANY shampoo will kill the fleas and/or ticks already on the dog since the detergent effect removes their waterproof shell and they drown.
Flea shampoos are notoriously harsh on both skin and hair coat and will strip the coat of any and all natural oils leaving it dry and dull, not to mention the pretty heavy duty exposure to the chemicals in the flea shampoo.
Your best bet is to work on preventative methods... DE works great on carpets and even on grass and lawns, borax also works.
Frankly, I find a monthly application of one of the products from the vets (I use Advantix) is the safest AND easiest way to deal with them. Since the advent of these products my dogs remain flea free all season long with just one or two applications since the fleas are dead and no longer breeding in my house.