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For Fleas & Ticks

Those damn fleas. My dogs don't get fleas often but when they do it is something that needs to be addressed ASAP. I use a philosophy of less is better when it comes to chemicals, so I start off with just a regular old shampoo. And if drowning those suckers with soapy water doesn't do it after a bath or two, I escalate my attack. This DeFlea shampoo is interesting... it is made of the stuff that colace (an oral human stool softener medication) is made of. It's action is to soften the flea's ectoskeleton, thereby killing it on contact. And it does. 

I've watched fleas die and then kinda melt onto the dog's white coat. Rinsing washes it away, but it is fascinating to watch. (Maybe more information than you needed?)

The shampoo has no residual effect meaning that once the dog is outside again, a flea can jump on it and live to tell the tale. But residual means a stronger chemical, hence my use of it first.

This shampoo is a very thin liquid. DO NOT DILUTE IT. PUT IT ON A DRY DOG. DO NOT WET THE DOG FIRST.  That means, having a long haired, double coated dog, you'll be using a lot of it. I have not used the yard spray yet, but if I need to, I'll give it a try. 

If the DeFlea doesn't do the trick, this Adams Plus shampoo has Precor which means not only does it kill fleas, it has  Insect Growth Regulator which provides 28 days of control of pre-adult fleas before they become biting adult. One summer I used it with pretty good results but had to resort to using the spray in between baths. While it helped, it didn't eradicate the problem altogether.

Soooo, when it looks like all hope is gone, an all out assault on all fronts at the same time are required. Be prepared for a long day. 1) Spray the yard. 2) Bathe the dog(s) 3) BOMB THE HOUSE!!!! (This requires you and your dogs to leave the house for about 4 hrs) When I bomb my small 1200 square foot ranch home, I use 3 bombs on the main floor and 3 in the full unfinished basement. When you set the cans to spray, run like hell out of the house and take the animals with you!!!. 

The fogger I listed has worked well for me, especially since you don't have to worry about turning off pilot lights etc. Who needs to worry about accidentally blowing up your house because of a fogger?

Shears

These are about the only shears you would need to do any trimming of a sheltie's coat.

Grooming Brushes

Take Care of Those Teeth

Dental care is a recently coming to the forefront of canine care. People always ask me what I use for my dogs. Because they are on a raw food diet and also get raw knuckle bones to chew recreationally, their teeth are usually pretty good. No one in my pack has inflamed gums from build up of tartar. However, if there is a small amount of tartar it usually is the canines that I can easily scale off manually. 

 I have not used anything other than the manual scaler, and just recently started using the electric toothbrush with the polishing cup on the dogs just to raise the bar on their care a little.

Household Needs for Dog Owners

The following items aren't so much dog care products as they are home care products but they are relevant to any dog owner.

I have a review page on the Neato Robotic Vacuum that explains my experience with it.

The pressure washer is something I use out in the breezeway and the walkway out the back as well as to power wash kennel panels and does the trick at a very reasonable cost. 

For Giardia

Here is a link for virgin coconut oil

Here is a link for quaternary ammonium disinfectant

Here is a link for probitoics

Here is a link for Metronidizole (Flagyl)

Food Supplements

The reasons for many of these food supplements being on my list of dog care products are discussed on individual pages which are on my pages index (sitemap). Just click the link to see what pages are of interest to you.

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