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I have two staffordshire bull terriers which for anyone who doesn't know the breed are short haired dog, due to them hair short hair they don't get fleas or at least they never have in the last 6 years we have owned them however I don't like to just trust they won't get fleas and so when we bath them we use this shampoo.
The shampoo is by the company Bob Martin and we bought it at our local Tesco store although you can also buy it in other supermarkets, online and in pet shops so it is not hard to get hold of at all.
The shampoo comes in a see through bottle which holds 250mls of product, the product inside the bottle is bright orange in colour so it is pretty easy to find on the shop shelves. The front of the bottle has the name of the products and a picture of a couple of doggies on it, on the back you have instructions on how to mix the shampoo into the bath, for our sized dogs you should use 50mls of product to 300mls of water, as we are bathing two dogs at a time we only use half the amount as each one of them uses half the water and this has been fine.
We run the bath with the shampoo in and it smells like a medicated shampoo like T-gel or the like, it isn't unpleasent but it certainly isn't a pretty smell. Wepour the water over one dog at a time and then lather it up in their coat. You must be sure to lather up all over the dogs body so he fleas don't have any dry areas to run to of course you cannot use it on their face though. Once one dog is finished we begin on our second dog and then we use the shower head to rinse them off making sure the shampoo is completely out of their coats.
Like I say our dogds have never had fleas in 6 years but we wash then in this about 4 times a year so it could of course be down to the shampoo. The dogs fur is lovely once they are dry using this shampoo, our youngest has white patches on him and these are left bright white and shiny. The shampoo cost me about £3.50 last time I bought it but a bottle lasts us about a year so that is fantatsic value in my opinion and for all it doesn;t smell great the dogs smell fine after use.
As many of you may now know me and my best mate share a poodle called Daisy. She actually belongs to my mate however we usually spend everyday together and what happens is we let Daisy decide where she wants to be and sometimes she stays and sometimes she follows my mate out the door. The past week I have had Daisy here and she's not looking to move out anytime cos I spoil her to death and have no rules though her other mummy does lol.
As a result of being here so much I have half the responsibly for taking care of her which is a pleasure. I of course have to walk her though picking up her poo is never going to delight me, feed her, fuss her and of course bath and groom her. The other night I spent half hour clipping her nails to which I had to google about the subject first to make sure I didn't injure her!
One of the drawbacks with dogs is of course wretched fleas and with Daisy having a wool coat being a poodle me and my mate just cant get rid of them. We've been to the vets and tried Frontline and allsorts, then she lies with her pink belly up we are used to seeing a flea and we usually only find one at a time. We've tried collars, deflead everything in sight and still up until last week I was not only still finding them on her but getting bitten and then finally over a two day period we found 9 fleas between us and were actually thinking about giving her a crew cut as a last resort.
I was very dubious when my mate brought this round and left it in my bathroom to use on Daisy. I haven't really ever heard anything good about Bob Martins and felt that if Frontline didn't work from the vets this probably wouldn't either as its only an over the counter product but knew we had to give it a go anyway.
Daisy is a dog that adores water so we bath or shower her often. She has been known when I'm in my bath to jump in and when my mates sits in the loo in her flat Daisy stands in the shower cubicle waiting for a shower and being white and living by the beach and her getting walked a lot we bathe her around every week.
This comes in a see though cylinder shaped plastic bottle with a large hole to get the shampoo out of and it has a twist on/off cap/lid in white plastic to the top of it and my friend bought this in a 150ml size and it cost about £2.00. Around the main of the bottle there is a yellow coloured label and on the front of that we are told that it is Bob Martin Flea Shampoo 'For dogs and puppies from 12 weeks' and that it helps maintain a glossy healthy coat and there is a picture of a collie dog on there. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told how to use it and dosage advice is given, warnings and ingredients are also listed and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough and highly informative packaging this is.
Well the shampoo is an orangey kind of colour and transparent. We are told to follow the dosage advice given on the bottle depending on the size of the dog and to mix it with 300ml of water. Dosage advice is simple. For a small dog (I.E Terrier) the bottle should give 5 applications, for a medium sized dog (I.E Collie) the bottle should give 3 applications and for a large dog (I.E Alsatian) the bottle should give 2 applications. Its gonna be easier to measure out half a bottle for a large dog but its just using your common sense to get 5 applications for a small dog like Daisy and it's a question of estimating really which I have done really well.
So oneI plopped some shampoo into my jug that I use to rinse Daisy with that lives in my bathroom and I get a slightly frothy looking mixture and apply it to her pre dampened/wet coat. This to me has a lovely strong fragrance to it. It has an undertone of a gentle floral smell to me, its slightly sweet with a hint of a medicated smell to it as well and like I say I really do like the clean, fresh fragrance that this has to it.
It lathers up brilliantly on Daisy and doesn't feel that it is drying her hair out which is important for her woolen coat as its so prone to frizz. I lather, rinse, repeat and lather again and then make sure I really do rinse her free of it before finishing. She comes out of the bath smelling highly fragrant and all I am left to do is get her dry and give her a groom.
After immediately washing her with this she really does smell of it however that fragrance dies down rather a lot and is barely there after a few hours. Her skin is the usual shade of pink under her coat, her coat is soft and not tangled and she shows no sign or irritation whatsoever.
She looks clean, fresher and is happy enough but what about the fleas?
Well initially I was really pleased with this product. I did a thorough flea check every day for a week and really thought the problem had disappeared. She had no flea dirt and wasn't scratching and I had no new flea bites on me at all. However this is only a flea killing treatment and for that it works but it doesn't seem to repel them cos bang on a week to the day I had bathed her there one was crawling across her belly as cheeky as you like. It wasn't too bad though she was due another bath and so I followed the same process and once again fleas seemed to be gone but bang....they did come back.
I do think this kills fleas but it doesn't keep them at bay so although I am happy enough to use this when I see a flea I do need something that tries to make them banish from visiting us totally still!
Available in all good supermarkets and pet stores and so on costing around the £2.00 mark.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Our cross Alsation dog gets fleas sometimes, less so now, but more when he was younger. Once we see him starting to scratch again more than usual we use Bob Martin's Flea Shampoo for Dogs and Puppies.
This bottle was bought online as it is not widley available in shops and cost us £3.40 for a plastic bottle with screw top lid containing 250ml of shampoo.
Once we get him into the bath (which is always the most difficult bit) and wet him down with the shower we apply a medium sized amount of shampoo. This shampoo lathers really well in my personal opinion, and very quickly but it is not too hard at all to rinse the dog off again afterwards and it doesn't leave any residue.
The only downside to this product in my view, is the smell, I have to say. It has almost a clinical, sanitized hospital kind of smell but the dog doesn't seem to mind this as much as we do - but it is very strong.
Afterwards, once he is rinsed off and dried thoroughly, he is itch free and what's more, he has a lovely shiny coat which looks both healthy and glossy.
The bottle can be recycled and Bob Martin make loads of other stuff in this range too, not just flea shampoo, though as I say, it can be hard to find in shops.
All in all agood product which works well at erradicating the fleas.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
Our three dogs are doused with de-flea & tick lotion every three months with powerful stuff bought from the chemist, but the three months is just about up and the Labrador managed to get cat fleas!
We doused her with the stuff from the chemist, but she has still be scratching and started to make her skin raw so I bought a bottle of Bob Martin's Flea Shampoo to try and get rid of any fleas that may be left (after the 48 hours needed to make sure the chemist stuff has taken hold).
After the predictable wrestling match with a dog that hates baths, I have to say that the shampoo has done a pretty good job. The smell is slightly medicinal, but not unpleasant and does not upset the dog with an overpowering odour. Labrador's have a thick, waterproof coat so it is not easy to get her coat wet before lathering, but the shampoo does a reasonable job of penetrating her waterproof resistance without too much of a problem.
The shampoo is always kept away from dog's ears, eyes and mouth, so I won't comment on whether it is 'no more tears'.
Following the bath, and vigorous towelling, the Lab's coat is soft and shiny, and she has almost completely stopped scratching.
When I have used this in the past I found that the effects are not long term, and it does not protect dogs from fleas and ticks as well as over the counter medicines - but if your dogs do get them it is a quick way to rid your dog (and house) of the pesky little creatures.
A good back-up, but not the full solution.
Many of you may know that keeping a dog can be hard work with bathing, grooming, worming, de-fleaing being high on the priority list when caring for you dog. So dog hygiene products are essential when it comes to treating and preventing things like fleas and worms.
As many of you know I own an Old English Sheep dog, and she can be very high maintenance as it is without the added worry of fleas. Touch wood my dog has never had fleas, only the odd tick.
I use frontline to keep fleas at bay, but I do like to have other precautions in place to ensure I never have to deal with fleas. I have found the perfect solution Bob Martins flea shampoo.
This is designed to treat flea infestations and keep them at bay, it is very easy to use as it is that same as any other dog shampoo, all you do as apply it and then rinse it is as simple as that.
The shampoo itself is a thick, burnt orange colour and doesn't look to appealing but as this does the job the, I am not that bothered. The shampoo its self smells really medicated, this can leave a very potent smell on the dog so I tend to use a different nicer smelling shampoo for her second rinse.
You can use this product on any dog or puppy that is over twelve weeks old, but it can not be used on pregnant or nursing bitches, and this must never be used on cats.
Each bottle has a two year shelf life, so you will not need to worry about it expiry date.
This flea shampoo comes in a rectangular see through plastic bottle with a white screw top lid.
It has a sticker on the front with a cute collie looking nice and happy and on the back it has a sticker containing all the information needed to use this, for example mixing instructions, Ingredients, ect.
This Bob martin shampoo can come in two different sizes, 150ml and a larger 250ml bottle.
This shampoo must be diluted and never applied directly to the dog's skin of coat, you need to fill a bucket and mix 300mls of warm water.
Add 30mls of shampoo to the water for small dogs, eg jack Russell's, yorkies ect.
Add 50mls of shampoo to the water for medium sized dogs, eg Whippets, Greyhound ect.
Lastly add 70mls of shampoo for larger dogs, eg Old English, Labradors ect.
After you have mixed your water and shampoo together, you need to wet the dog completely with clean water, once the dog is saturated apply the shampoo mix and use circular rotation with your hands and finger tips, to lather the mix into the dogs coat and skin.
If you have mixed the shampoo and water together correctly you will get a nice thick foamy lather, which can be spread around the dog to de-flea all areas.
When apply the shampoo mix be very careful not to get the shampoo in to your dogs ears or eyes as this will be very painful for the poor thing. Just remember when we get shampoo in our eyes it really stings.
When the dog is fully lathered you will be able to stands its hair on end and it will stay there, once you are happy that the dog has been completely shampooed rinse off all of the foam and bubbles, being sure to remove all shampoo from the dog's skin.
You can repeat the whole process if you usually shampoo the dog twice, once you are happy towel dry the dog to take off excess water and allow it to dry naturally or even with a hair dryer.
This is very reasonably priced if you buy it off of the internet, but you can pay over the top if you get it from supermarkets like tesco.
Online you can expect to pay 2.15 for a 150ml bottle or 3.14 for the large 250ml bottle, I usually buy mine from www.dabners.co.uk. I do have to pay postage but it is cheaper than tesco.
The storage is pretty straight forward, do not stove in temperatures above 25oC, Keep out of direct sunlight, keep away from frost and never store with your pets food.
As I said this is just down to common sense, you would be best keeping it under the sink or in your cleaning cupboard.
I am really glad that I tried this shampoo as it check many boxes for me, It makes grooming manageable as it does not matt the dogs hair like some shampoos, it conditions it leaving her hair manageable and easy to care for.
I feel that this is more of a flea prevention shampoo and not a flea killer, although it does state on the bottle that it does kill I am sure it wont kill off fleas. I still use frontline along side this as I would hate to have fleas infest the whole house.
I will never go back from this shampoo as it leaves my dogs hair lovely and soft, I am also very impressed that it leaves her with a great shine, usually her hair looks kind of dull but this really reflects the light off of her coat.
The only down side is the smell, I have to shampoo her in another shampoo after I have treated her with this. So instead of smelling potent she smells of coconuts.
If you use to much shampoo, you will find it very difficult to rinse beware that the bubble multiply with the more water you add, so little amounts are only needed.
I use this shampoo regularly on my dog, not just to stop or kill his fleas as he doesnt realy suffer with fleas much possibly due to the fact that he is a realy smelly dog who likes to roll in anything that smells worse than him and living in the country side there are a lot of things around for him to roll in.
I buy this in a 150ml bottle for £1.99 the bottle is a see through plastic with a screw on lid, i like this as i can clearly see how much shampoo is left in the bottle.
To use this shampoo you need to dilute it in luke warm water, you need 300 ml of water for 30ml of solution to be diluted in for a small dog, 50ml of solution for a medium dog and 70ml of solution for a large dog.
You pour this onto your dogs coat once you have wet it and rub into a lather then rinse, avoid the eye areas as this isnt allowed to go in there eyes and i cant see a dog being willing to sit still wholst you rinse the shampoo out of its eyes.
This shampoo is suitable for dogs and puppys over 12 weeks of age and cant be used on pregnant or lactating mothers, it will last 2 years from when you open the bottle so will definately have been used up by the time it expires.
This shampoo contains pyrethrins which is a potent contact insecticide paralising and killing anything of the insect family it comes into contact with so is a great way of killing the fleas on your dog but wont kill the fleas in your house or pet bedding so you will need a pet bedding spray and house hold spray aswell or the fleas will remain.
This shampoo leaves my dogs coat nice and soft, smelling lovely and with a lot of shine, it realy is a great shampoo.
Our Border Collie, Chloe, has had numerous baths in her time, although not all of them involved a shampooing. However since we tried this product her coat has certainly become much better in terms of being shiny, thick and healthy looking.
This shampoo comes in a see through plastic bottle and you can see the vibrant orange colour of the shampoo inside. It does not smell like Pantene be warned. Its more like a very strong version of Vosene shampoo and has been known to clear my husbands sinuses at times. Its a 250ml bottle and will last you quite a long time, if you dont shampoo your dog too frequently. For example, if you were shampooing a Border Collie, like mine, you would mix 50ml of the shampoo with 300ml of lukewarm water. This means in the 250ml bottle you should get 5 applications. To be honest we dont use quite as much as 50ml and therefore it lasts us a little longer. To use you simply use the soapy water to work up the lather on your dogs wet coat. I recommend using a bucket to make up the mix and a small jug to apply it to the dogs fur.
Once your dogs coat has been wetted down with lukewarm water it is best to start the shampoo process by lathering up the neck first. If you make a circle of shampoo lather all round the neck this stops fleas from running up the neck and hiding in the dogs ears while you kill off its buddies clinging to the body of the dog. Work your way down the body from this neck point and you will hopefully succeed in covering at least 95% of potential fleas with this killer shampoo. Another good hiding place for fleas is in between your dogs toes so if she will let you rub some lather here too. Be really gentle round the face and use your fingertips to lather up some of the shampoo mixture but dont put loads on, as it will be difficult to rinse off without getting in the eyes. Once the whole shampoo process has been done and your dog is clean and sweet smelling thoroughly rinse off using a shower attachment. Dont use the bath water to rinse as this is just putting dirt and possibly fleas back on your dogs coat.
We have been using this for about three years now and Chloes coat has definitely benefited. It has an active flea control ingredient built into the shampoo and we have found with Chloe, that this shampoo combined with other flea control programmes (we use Frontline drops) does manage to keep the pesky little biters at bay, even through the summer months. Her coat is incredibly shiny which we attribute to this shampoo along with her good diet and it seems thick and healthy to look at.
Priced at around £3 for this bottle, it works out at approximately 60p per bath for your dog. If you shampoo your dog on average every 5 weeks (once a month) this should last you 5 months. Now that has to be worth it because if you have dogs, you know what a pong they can end up with.
Now what can I do about her bad breath!