Pros: Leaves coat clean, shiny, soft and smelling good. Gentle:)
Cons: Very temporary fix for flea infestations.
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen, Woe is me and many more little sayings come to mind when I think of the horrible nightmare it's been trying to rid my animals of fleas. Unable to purchase the higher priced flea products because of other pressing financial matters these past few months, I've tried just about every cheapy available. Yes, I know that I could have saved myself a lot of time and money by purchasing Frontline or Advantage to begin with, but you don't look at it that way when you're strapped for cash. My search, however, has not been a total loss. I've actually found a couple diamonds in the rough that work quite well and that I'm still using today. One of these little gems is Scratchex Flea & Tick Shampoo for Dogs & Cats. Scroll down the page with me and I'll give you the dirt on the only shampoo my pets use.
~What Does Scratchex Have To Say?~
Scratchex contains 80% more flea-fighting pyrethrin--more active ingredient means more flea and tick killing power
Scratchexs thicker, ultra-rich formula deep cleans and conditions coats--its light, pleasant scent deodorizes without a medicine smell.
~Do I Agree?~
Well, I don't know about it containing 80% more flea-fighting pyrethrin because I haven't sat down and compared labels. If they say it, though, I have no reason to doubt it. This does kill fleas on contact, but really has no affect on eggs.
I do agree totally that this does condition the coat, deep cleans and smells pretty good without the medicine smell that these types of products tend to leave behind.
~Packaging, Price & Availability~
This product is dispensed in a 8 Fl. OZ. plastic bottle with a white flip-up type lid. The bottle is easy to hold and very little squeezing is needed to dispense the shampoo. The cap can be opened with one hand which in my opinion is very important when trying to bathe a cat. One hand is busy holding the cat at all times so an easy dispenser is very important in my book. The whole package looks a bit old fashioned, but I'm guessing that's the look they were trying to achieve. Sitting on a shelf with 20 other flea shampoos this plain green label definitely stands out.
I've seen this product priced differently at just about every place that carries it. For instance, RiteAid sells this for 8.99 and half a block down the street at my local Bi-mart this shampoo sells for 5.99. I've also seen this product at a few pet stores in my area and Coastal Farms.
Pyrethrins 0.072%, Piperonyl Butoxide (CAS#51-03-6) 0.144%, *N-Octyl Bicycloheptete Dicarboximide 0.240%
*MGK 264, Insecticide Synergist
~Directions For Use~
According to the label you are to wet your dog or cats coat thoroughly with warm water. After your little critter is soaking wet apply the shampoo starting at the head and working back until you've reached the tail. After you've got the animal all lathered up allow the shampoo to remain on coat for 5 minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water. Repeat in two or three days if needed.
Questions and comments regarding this product are welcome by visiting Scratchex on the web @ www.scratchex.com or farnampet.com Farnam Companies Inc. Pet Products Division, PO Box 34820 Phoenix, AZ 85067-4820
Before using this product please be sure to read the label in its entirety for important product warnings and First Aid procedures. The label also gives storage information and procedure for proper disposal of empty container. This product is safe to use on dogs and cats 12 weeks and older.
To provide accurate detail in this review some of the information was borrowed from the product label.
If you're looking for a cure for your dog or cats flea infestation this isn't it. This does kill fleas on contact as the label states and I would imagine that it works just as well on ticks. However, this product does not rid your pet of those pesky eggs that mama flea leaves behind. As soon as the eggs hatch your furry little companion is infested all over again. I'm sure that you could bathe your animal every two days as needed and this might help, but that in itself can irritate the skin and cause itching. Dry skin is the lesser of two evils, but I don't see the point in putting my animals through the trauma of a bath every other day especially in the winter months. With occasional use, though, this product has not cause any problems for my pets.
Now if I've made this shampoo sound like a complete waste of time and money, it isn't. It does kill fleas on contact which is great if you're using another product to combat the eggs, and this does do a wonderful job of deep cleaning and conditioning the coat. After bathing all of my animals with this (including Ripley..OUCH!) their coats looked cleaner and shinier than ever before. Not to mention how soft they felt and how good they smelled after a good washing with Scratchex. I do continue to purchase this for the cleaning and conditioning properties, and for those purposes I would definitely recommend this. However, if you're looking for an end to your flea problem, I would have to recommend passing this one up.
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