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As you may already know I have a rabbit named Peter, who I do care for as if he is a human baby. When I bought this product it was not for the reason that Peter had fleas/mites/lice but was for the reason that he was not cleaning himself properly and seen as he is a white rabbit, you can imagine he gets very dirty! However I decided to buy the Insecticidal shampoo because what harm could it possibly do? If anything it will come in more useful and could possibly prevent Peter from Mites, Lice and Fleas. You can buy this shampoo from Pets at Home, I purchased it from here and it only cost me £2.39, it is currently on a offer of 3 for 2 with other Johnsons shampoo products.
This product comes in a small plastic bottle with a white plastic flip top lid. The rest of the bottle is transparent which shows you the shampoo. The Shampoo is yellow in colour and is quite a thick consistency. The shampoo doesn't have a very strong scent, however it does smell fresh and has a slight medicinal smell. The container of the shampoo has yellow sticker on the front, at the bottom of this sticker it shows a pictures of a rabbit and guinea pig. Above this in red lettering it has the name of the product 'Insecticidal Shampoo' then in smaller dark blue writing 'for small animals'. Then underneath this in black writing it states 'Kills Mites, Lice and Fleas' This product really stands out with all the bold writing and also makes it obvious what it is for.
On the back of the product there is another label, this label states instructions for using the shampoo in very small writing, the glasses may need to come out. You must not use this shampoo on small animals under the age of 12 weeks of age! ( I personally believe this should be in larger writing so it stands out!!) Also it states that it is for killing fleas on pet rabbits, guinea pigs ferrets etc. Also it is for very small animals such as rats, gerbils and hamsters but you must bathe these smaller animals with great care. I would certainly not recommend anyone to bath a hamster as it supposedly is very dangerous!! The back of the product also states directions for use, this is extremely helpful as it tells you the exact measurements of shampoo and water to use. For example for a rabbit you would mix 20ml of the shampoo into about 150ml of lukewarm water. It also states measurements for guinea pigs (10ml) and small rodents (5ml). Then it states how to wash your pet with the shampoo and also what to do afterwards in terms of keeping the pet warm. I believed this to be extremely helpful!
When I first gave Peter a bath it was a nightmare. As you can probably imagine he did not like it and was trying to jump out of the bath. I put down a towel in the bath though so that peter did not slip. Then I fill the bath up with 1-2 inches of lukewarm water. Then i got myself into the bath, with Peter! Peter straight away started jumping, scratching and yes I looked as if i had been hurting myself. But my sister quickly helped by massaging the shampoo into Peters fur whilst I held him ( you must avoid eyes ears and the mouth) this was a very quick process and then we rinsed him with clean warm water. Then we wrapped Peter up with a towel and took him downstairs where it was warm. You are supposed to towel dry your rabbit, however Peter would not let me do this. Instead he ran away and dried him self with the help of me every now and again. Now that first time was a nightmare but surprisingly Peter ever since has actually been a good boy during having a bath. Now Peter simply sits in the bath whilst I wash him, it is no longer a two man job! This shampoo though keeps Pete smelling fresh and keeps him clean white and fluffy!!
I can not exactly comment on the insecticidal side of this shampoo, however Peters scratching on the odd occasion has stopped! So perhaps this insecticidal shampoo is the reason why. I would certainly recommend this product whether you would like it for cleaning your pet or if you want it for the insecticidal reasons. It is very cheap at the price of £2.39 for a 125ml bottle which lasts very long! Your pet may not like having a bath the first time and you may end up with a few scratches like I did but hopefully they will get used to it and it will certainly be worth it.
Thanks for reading my review.
Johnsons Insecticidal Small Animals Shampoo is something we have used with both our guinea pigs when they seemed to be going through a rather itchy stage. Although we thoroughly checked them over as much as we could and didn't find anything untoward, we decided it was best to give them a wash and brush up to make sure that we had dealt with whatever was irritating them.
Anyone with guinea pigs will know that when they are used to being handled guinea pigs don't mind a bit of a cuddle and are easily approachable when you need to pick them up to check them over briefly. The only times our guinea pigs ever really object and do so rather loudly and mournfully is when being washed. Just the hint of being bathed is enough to send them running for cover and squeaking in horror.
Having decided that the Johnson's powder based product was not to going to do the trick, as it can cause breathing issues and may make the itchy episodes worse we went for the Johnson's Insecticidal Small Animals Shampoo instead. The product comes in a simple plastic bottle complete with a flip top lid and has instructions for how to use it on the back of the label.
The light see through lemon coloured shampoo seemed like the best thing we could try after having a chat with our local pet store keeper and so we thought it was well worth trying before seeking outside help. We only paid £1.89 for 125mls of the product and as our guinea pigs are not all that large we knew that we had plenty of shampoo for a number of washes should we need it. Each wash should be sufficient to deal with a number of pests.
We found the smell of the product was not unpleasant and I recall being pleasantly surprised by this, as sometimes these things can smell overly medicated. We decided the best way to deal with washing and shampooing our guinea pigs was to do so in a small washing up bowl bought specifically for the purpose. At the time this seemed a good way to keep our guineas from running off as soon as they realized water was involved.
We only needed a very small amount of the shampoo for each guinea pig, although it took two of us to wash, shampoo and rinse them. Our poor little piggies were very good really but did squeak and squeal in objection whilst we lathered them up lightly with the product, let is soak in and then rinsed it off as per the instructions. We used a clean jug of slightly warm water to rinse them off with when done and then allowed them to dry off naturally.
When choosing the Johnsons Insecticidal Small Animals Shampoo we were told that it could be used on rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and even smaller animals like hamsters and gerbils (not that we could have ever caught the gerbil we used to have to wash him, he travelled at light speed when he fancied it). The shampoo is suitable for use on small pets from the age of 12 weeks onwards, which was fine as our guinea pigs were older than that at the time of use.
The main ingredients in the shampoo which work to kill fleas, lice and ticks are biodegradable pyrethrins. These are a form of natural insecticide which surprisingly comes from certain flowers. Over use of anything containing this can cause breathing problems etc which is why we didn't go for the powder based product. I have to say that you really do need to follow the instructions for the correct amount of product to use on your pets to the letter to ensure their safety when using any insecticidal products.
When we used the Johnsons Insecticidal Small Animals Shampoo our two furry little piggies certainly came out with lovely fresh looking fluffy coats but the itching didn't seem to stop. We decided to change the bedding product we had been using which was a cheap substitute for our favorite brand. As having not found any fleas, lice or ticks during the washing process we were only left with the possibility of there having been a reaction to something our pets had come into contact with.
We eventually put the cause of the itchy episodes down to this new bedding material as once that was changed we certainly noticed our guinea pigs were not scratching as they had been. I have to say that I think that the shampoo was a handy and useful product which left our piggies looking fresher and cleaner than they were prior to using it and so would recommend it. As such the Johnsons Insecticidal Small Animals Shampoo gets a 4 star rating.
I'm the proud owner of two Guinea Pigs and when I noticed them scratching I decided to buy this as it promised to get rid of mites, lice and fleas. I had been using another small animal shampoo by Johnson's before I bought this, but the shampoo I had been using was just a general shampoo.
The bottle is quite small and looks like it does in the photo. On the front it has a label with the Johnson's logo and underneath the comforting words "kills mites, lice and fleas." On the back is a detailed description on how to use the actual shampoo and how much of it you need depending on the small animal. I measured out the quantity I needed and noticed the shampoo had a very nice smell to it, a clean smell and not too overpowering either. I mixed the shampoo in a jug with some warm water (my boy was happily splashing about in the tub at this point, I bath them seperately) and I noticed that it was very quick to lather up.
I massaged the mixture into his coat and made sure it got into all the nooks and crannys, my pig was soon well and truly lathered up. After massaging it into his coat I washed it of, being careful to wash every last bit off as I didn't want to take the risk of my boy getting an irritated scalp. When he was all nice and clean I did the same with my other pig.
This shampoo is great and did give them relief from their itchy scalps, their dandruff all but disapeared and they stopped scratching, it also made them smell wonderful! This shampoo is kind to skin and extra gentle but does the job wonderfully, you can also use it frequently if needed without doing any harm to your pet. A little does go a long way and you'll be surprised by how long the bottle will last.
I bought this a few weeks ago as my two older pet rats are finding it harder to adequately clean themselves now and needing a helping hand once in a while (not that they like having a bath - it results in lots of squeaking and them trying to run up my arm). I decided to go for an insecticidal shampoo as even though my rats don't obviously have any flea/mite/lice problems I thought it couldn't do any harm and could potentially stave off any infestations.
Johnson's insecticidal shampoo aims to kill mites, lice and fleas on your small animals and leave them smelling clean and fresh! It comes in a small plastic bottle with a flip top lid and you get 125ml of shampoo. The label on the back gives mixing directions (how much to use with water according to the animal you have) and which species of animal it would be suitable for (rabbits, guineapigs, ferrets, hamsters, rats and gerbils etc.) There's also some additional information on use and warnings.
This shampoo is a yellow, see through liquid with quite a runny consistency. The smell is slightly flowery but medicinal at the same time, it's not at all over powering although you can still smell it on your animals after you've washed them (but that natural animal whiff is still present - the shampoo doesn't completely remove it) and leaves them cleaner looking for a number of days. When adding it to the water it doesn't froth up very much which is just aswell as you don't want bubbles all over the place, however if can easily be worked into your pets fur and also washes off without leaving any residue behind.
I can't conclusively comment on the shampoo's effectiveness for killing unwanted pests as none of my rats were suffering from flea bites etc. That said most animals will have some sort of pest living on them even if it doesn't cause an infestation and after observation I can say that my rats scratching has decreased (not that they did it excessively before but it would suggest that if there were any fleas/mites/lice they have been killed).
I've used the shampoo on a number of my pets and none of them have had any adverse reactions to it which is a big plus. Of course when using it you must be careful not to get any in your pets eyes etc - personally I don't put any shampoo near there heads.
Price wise you can expect to pay between £2 and £3 for a bottle (depending on where you shop) which may seem like quite a lot considering the size, however only a very small amount needs to be used for each wash so I find it lasts me a very long time although of course this is also dependant on how many animals you have and how often you give them a bath. To work out roughly how long it will last you: larger animals you should use 10ml per bath and for smaller ones 5ml.