Without a doubt, fleas and ticks are among the most troublesome pests for both humans and pets alike. Drawn to the soft, warm fur of pets, these common pests feed on pets’ blood and can cause health problems ranging from allergic reactions to serious illnesses, including Lyme disease. And with dogs spending more time outdoors during the hot summer months, the result is an increased exposure to parasites.
It’s important for pet owners to be proactive in keeping their pets and home safe from common pests. Therefore, manufacturers, retailers and consumers need to be familiar with the signs of fleas and ticks. For dogs, signs of fleas are dark specks (flea droppings) in the fur, white specks (flea eggs) in the fur, excessive licking or scratching, and scabs or hot spots on the skin.
Ticks can be felt when petting dogs and are typically easy to see. They most often attach near the head, neck, ears or paws. It’s also important to be familiar with the proper removal of these pests as well as what to look out for with flea- or tick-related illnesses.
Both fleas and ticks are more common during the warmer months, but steps can be taken to ward them off any time of year. There are several forms of flea and tick prevention, with the most common being collars and topical medications. However, several other preventative products, such as sprays, shampoos and oral powders, are steadily growing in popularity.
These products not only alleviate and kill flea and tick infestations, they also repel them to keep them from returning. Reassure your consumers with a range of flea and tick solutions that keep pets and humans happy and pest-free.
Flea & Tick Natural Dog Shampoo
Pura Naturals Pet’s Flea and Tick Natural Dog Shampoo is made with certified organic oils in the USA. It kills and repels unwanted pests without harsh chemicals, soothes skin and acts as a natural antiseptic. It’s free of parabens and synthetic dyes.
Flea and Tick Prevention by Earth Animal
In its continued effort to create effective flea and tick treatments with no harsh chemicals, pesticides or insecticides, Earth Animal has a line of herbal products owners can use to guard their pets from fleas and ticks. The line includes bug spray, shampoo and internal powder.
TickEase Tick Removal Tweezers
With their fine-tipped, pointy design, TickEase tweezers are made specifically for the effective removal of ticks. The durable, stainless steel product has been designed specifically to comply with the CDC’s tick-removal guidelines. It can withstand the heat of an autoclave for sterilization.
Ruff on Bugs
Ruff on Bugs is the 100-percent organic, non-GMO flea and tick spray made just for dogs. It contains no chemicals and no synthetics. Vet-formulated Ruff on Bugs reliably replaces risky chemical spot-on treatments and pills, and is made with pure ingredients proven effective against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other pests.
BioShield Deet-Free Repellent
BioShield’s line of products includes spray, hair and body wash, and laundry detergent. It contains only natural ingredients, with trace amounts of silver and copper in the detergent formulation so it kills pet and human odor. The full line kills mosquitos, ticks, bed bugs and fleas, and can be used on skin, clothes, beds and anywhere else potential insect bites or infestations can be found.
Flea and Tick Conceal-a-Collar
Conceal-a-Collar increases a dog’s comfort and safety. Orvis has taken its best-selling personalized adjustable dog collar and designed interior clips to hold a Seresto or standard flea and tick collar out of sight, making it an ideal choice for growing puppies. It’s available in 10 colors and four sizes: S, M, L and XL.
Hideaway by Coastal Pet
This innovative, first-of-its-kind product covers and holds flea and tick collars in place, which safeguards the investment in long-lasting flea and tick collars. Flexible keepers around the collar are designed to secure ratcheted-style flea and tick collars such as Seresto, Adams and Sentry on the inside of Hideaway. It’s available in four sizes and four color options.
Nutri-Vet Defense+ kills five kinds of pests; kills, repels and prevents re-infestation of fleas for up to five weeks; kills flea eggs and flea larvae for up to eight weeks; kills, repels and prevents re-infestation of ticks for up to six weeks; and kills and repels mosquitoes, lice and mites for up to four weeks. It’s available in Puppy/Miniature Dog, Small Dog, Large Dog and Extra-Large Dog sizes, and each box contains a three-month supply.
Salvo Flea and Tick Collar
The improved formulation of Salvo Flea and Tick Collar protects dogs against three species of ticks: deer ticks, American dog ticks and brown dog ticks. The collar is odorless and long-lasting. Each tin contains two individually packed and sealed collars. Each collar provides continuous protection for up to six months. The Salvo collar is water-resistant and remains effective following a bath, swimming or after exposure to rain or sunlight.
Flea & Tick Shampoo Bar
Wondercide’s Flea & Tick Shampoo Bar kills and prevents fleas and ticks in all stages, including eggs, larvae and adults, and serves as the perfect first step in a total pest treatment plan. It’s free of artificial colors, fragrances, parabens, phthalates, sulfates and synthetic pesticides. The shampoo bar is easier to use than liquid shampoo when trying to clean a wriggling pet. The bars offer a luxurious lather that lasts five times longer than a 16-ounce bottle of liquid shampoo.
TropiClean Natural Flea & Tick Shampoo
TropiClean Flea & Tick Shampoo plus Soothing kills fleas, ticks and mosquitos on contact, while cocoa helps to soothe irritated skin. This natural essential blend contains nature’s most powerful pest-fighting ingredients, maximized with lemongrass and sesame oil for long-lasting effects. The natural formula is safe enough for routine pet baths on dogs and puppies 12 weeks and older.
Espree Flea & Tick Spray
Espree Flea & Tick Dog Spray is a ready-to-use formula that aids in killing fleas on contact on dogs. It contains natural pyrethrins to kill fleas and ticks on contact and will keep on killing for up to 14 days; EPA registered. It also conditions pet coats, leaving them smelling fresh and clean. In addition, the ingredients will soothe skin from irritation caused by flea and tick bites. It’s appropriate for dogs and puppies 12 weeks of age or older