Fleas and ticks are pests that have been making the lives of animals miserable for ages. They are ectoparasites and live on the animals’ blood. There are various products like shampoos, combs, topical medicines, collars or sprays that are applied against the flea infestations but the wretched pests keep on coming back to attack the hosts. It becomes very difficult to choose the correct product to eliminate fleas totally and so assessing products is a tough job.
In between all the products available in the market, Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Spray is a natural spray, highly recommended by veterinarians and probably the leading brand in pest removing procedures. In this section, we will assess the product, look at the pros and cons of the product, discuss the features that are different from other products and compare it with them.
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It is a natural spray containing essential oils instead of toxic chemical insecticides. The clove and peppermint extracts kill flea eggs, flea larvae, matured fleas, and ticks on contact and deter mosquitoes. Organic compounds like adrenaline and octopamine which disrupt the nervous system of the insects. After applying the spray, on dogs, fleas and tick die because of a rise in blood pressure and metabolism.
The negative point about this product (applicable to almost all products be it natural or chemical) is insects tend to build a resistance against it and may not work in all places. Still, the positive points overcome it. It is a product made from natural plant extracts (Peppermint Oil 0.30%, eugenol – a clove plant extract 0.70%, sodium lauryl sulfate 2.70%, inert ingredients 96.30%, water, and sodium Benzoate), hence environment-friendly.
Your pet is safe as it has no chemical toxins and can be applied fearlessly to its skin. It can be applied directly to the pet or to various home surfaces where your dog loves to hang out. A similar product is also available for cats but its ingredients are toned down because cats are tender creatures than dogs and have more sensitive skins.
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Certain features of Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Spray makes and proves it to be a superior product than other similar products available in the market. They are:
As mentioned earlier the product comprises Peppermint Oil, eugenol (a clove plant extract), sodium lauryl sulfate, inert ingredients, water, and sodium Benzoate. These organic elements are natural insecticides and are not as poisonous as pyrethrins and permethrins to insects. Some natural products contain cedar oil that causes allergic reactions to pets. Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Sprays are devoid of cedar oil.
The natural spray can be applied to the skin of your pet as well on the different home surfaces. It does not leave any stain. The home surface includes places inside your house where your pet eats, nights of sleep, plays, and rests. Before taking your pet for a stroll outside your house, you can spray the product on its skin along with the shoes and clothes that you are wearing to avoid flea infestations from outdoor.
When we assess a particular product we consider 5 essential criteria. They are:
In the year of 1980, Dr. Dawn Curie Thomas invented the Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Spray. While experimenting with some chemical flea treating products she was not happy in the way those products work because of the side effects and medications. She thought of coming up with a natural product instead. Although belonging to a family of scientists she opted for the natural and biological method of treating insects.
The Owner of the product is Retail Products Group (RPG) that has a permanent market of its own, manufacturing pet-related products like puppy pads, pet waste bags, buffalo rawhide chews, pet cleaning solutions, and more. RPG has a dedicated page on its website which answers all queries about any pet-care solution they provide and they also provide useful guidelines for their products. They have a 100% money back policy within 30 days too.
The active components of the product are Peppermint Oil 0.30%, eugenol – a clove plant extract 0.70%, sodium lauryl sulfate 2.70%, inert ingredients 96.30%, water, and sodium Benzoate. All of them are natural oils and are harmless on pets. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has certified all of them as minimum risked insecticides. But some pets may be allergic to them.
It is easy to use simple spray-bottle available in different sizes. The only irritation you might face that this product needs to be applied in an interval of 24 hours repeatedly (written on the label of the product).
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Your pets and children are safe while you use the product. There will be no or little side-effects for pets and children when you spray it indoors or outdoors of your house. But again, some pets may be allergic to natural products too and adverse reactions like dried up skins, vomiting, prickliness on the skins, leaving reddish marks on the skins or simple lethargy.
It is obviously an effectual product but certain things should be kept in mind. Using other flea removing products like pills, on-spot treatments, sprays may work more easily than applying a spray containing natural ingredients. You will have to spray the product within an interval 24 hours as essential oils are volatile products and they vaporize quickly (leaving no residual effects). All plant extracts do not possess the same attributes.
Their potentials solely depend on how and where they have grown and their capabilities of being proper insecticides depend highly on that. Some varying results can be observed while using the product. The reason behind could be not spraying accurately or extensively, not following the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program or the Integrated Pest Control (IPC) method, and maybe merely not understanding the lifecycles of fleas and ticks.
The main competitors of Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Spray are:
Vet’s Best is the best product for pet owners who are a bit sophisticated do not wish to use chemical products on the pet’s skin. It is a totally natural product that is capable of killing adult fleas, flea eggs, larvae, and ticks. It deters mosquitoes too. For removing fleas and ticks totally from your home and outside you should use additional products. It is always a good decision to go to a veterinarian and seek opinion before using any product on your pet.
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