Keeping Fleas At Bay

by Melissa Keen

Whether your dog is an outdoors kennel dog or an inside cuddly lapdog, man’s best friend can soon feel like family and are an important part of any household.

Unfortunately, there’s a common and rather unwelcome pest that can come with our beloved pooches – fleas. Fleas are tiny little jumping critters that bite, leaving itchy welts on the skin that can last for several days.

Fleas are a nuisance for both man and dog, and they can quickly manifest wherever they occur. They lay eggs in upholstery that can be dormant for weeks if not months at a time, making getting rid of them tricky. Household activities such as hoovering has been known to awaken these eggs, meaning that even if you thought your house was flea-free, you may have actually been infested for months!

They can also carry a host of diseases which can be a further cause for concern.

Fleas can spread from animal to animal much like lice do on humans, so things can become even more complicated if you have more than one animal in your house as there’s a higher chance of re-infestation.

It can feel like an endless fight to rid your home of fleas. Keeping both your pet and your house free of fleas and eggs can be a tricky and often frustrating endeavour.

Fortunately, there’s a number of amazing products that are designed specifically to keep fleas away, keeping both your house and your dog healthy and happy!

We’ve rounded up our favourite anti-flea essentials that every household should have.

WildWash Pet Flea Off Shampoo 250ml

This eco-friendly dog shampoo uses natural flea repellent ingredients to keep fleas at bay. Made with Manuka and Cedarwood, this lovely lotion is kind to the skin and contains 100% pure essential oils. With no parabens, phosphates, sulphates, phthalates, petrochemicals, or PEGs, your dog will thank you for using such a natural, chemical-free formula! It’s great for warding off ticks, too.

Scruffs Insect Shield Dog Snood

You’ve likely heard of flea collars before, but have you heard of a flea-repellant snood? This lightweight, stretchy garment wraps comfortably around your dog’s neck and keeps all sorts of insects at bay including fleas, mosquitos, ticks, flies and ants.

The insect repellent built in to the snood is both odourless and invisible, and uses a synthetic variant of an insect-repellent. What’s more, it lasts for up to 25 washes!

Scruffs Insect Shield Breathable Dog Vest

This breathable dog vest is ideal for summer walks to to effectively keep a host of different insects at bay. Like the snood, it has built-in insect protection that is odourless and invisible. It’s so well created that it retains its effectiveness throughout it’s life – that’s far beyond the life of most performance fabrics!

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