Like the flea collar, the flea spray or powder is generally a deterrent only and therefore less effective with breaking the breeding flea cycle. Flea sprays and powders will kill the fleas on the dog however these products may prove effective as part of the flea eradication process. For more information on eradicating the flea process refer to our page on Dog Fleas.
We have provided a choice here of stronger chemical flea sprays and powders as well as some herbal and homeopathic products which possibly have less side-effects than conventional products and are less harmful to the environment.
Some flea sprays and powders are suitable for applying to the dog’s coat and skin while others are designed as household prevention and some can be used either for animals or on household surfaces. It is important to make sure that when applying the spray or powder to the dog that these do not come in contact with the face, eyes and mouth particuarly. Always read the instructions first about how to apply. Generally the coat should be ruffled the spray or powder is then applied close to the skin over the body of the dog and the legs and tail. Each product is different so it is important to follow the instructions of each individual product. If any irritation occurs because of this application it is best to seek advice from your vet.
Not only are these products to be kept away from the face of the dog, it is also best to wear gloves and avoid contact with human skin, particularly near the face, as you are applying them. Generally, it is best to wash your hands after handling and applying the product.
Flea and Tick Sprays and Powders
Zodiac Flea and Tick Powder for Dogs, Puppies, Cats and Kittens (available from Pet Care RX – USA)
Zodiac Flea and Tick Powder for Dogs and Cats kills fleas, ticks and lice fast for dogs and cats 12 weeks and older. It is a dry alternative to topical sprays and leaves a pleasant citrus scent. It comes with a convenient shaker top for easy application. To control fleas, ticks, and lice on dogs and cats, dust powder liberally over the entire body. Rub dust into hair and around the feet, pads, and between the toes so that they are well treated. Take care not to put the powder in animal’s eyes, nose, or mouth. Can also be used to dust bedding, kennel, and sleeping area regularly.
Frontline Spray for Dogs and Cats (available from Pet Care RX – USA)
Frontline Spray is a quick, easy, and effective way to keep fleas and ticks away from your pets. Good to use on both cats and dogs, one spray session will rid your pet of fleas within 18 hours, ticks within 48, and lasts for 30 days. Using the same active ingredients as other Frontline products, you are getting the same highly-rated protection in a new, easy to use package.
SENTRY PRO Flea & Tick Dog Spray (available from Pet Smart – USA)
Specially formulated for toy and small breeds. Kills fleas and ticks and control re-infestation for up to 30 days. Active Ingredients: Pyriproxyfen 0.005%, Pyrethrins 0.10%, Piperonyl Butoxide technical 0.20%, N-Octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximde 0.33%, Other ingredients 99.365%.Spray over entire haircoat making sure the coat is thoroughly wetted to the skin. Spray against the lay of the hair, ruffling the coat on long-haired pets. Weight of pet, length of hair and density of coat will determine amount of spray to be applied to we the skin this 8oz bottle should be sufficient for two applications to an average 20-25 lbs of dog.
Ovitrol Plus Flea, Tick and Bot Spray for Pets (from Amazon)
Ovitrol Plus Flea, Tick and Bot Spray controls fleas, flea larvae, ticks, lice, mosquitoes, gnats and horse bots. Botfly eggs and flea eggs sprayed with this will not hatch into adults. Quickly kills adult fleas plus kills their hatching eggs for up to 2 months. Rapid action formula may be reapplied weekly.
Johnsons 4Fleas Powder for Cats and Dogs (available from Pet Planet – UK)
The Johnson’s 4Fleas Powder for Cats and Dogs is a powerful insecticidal. Containing permethrin (insect repellent), the powder kills fleas, lice and mites and is suitable for puppies over 12 weeks of age and kittens over 2 weeks of age.
.Johnsons Dog Flea Spray Pump (available from Pet Shop Bowl – UK)
D012 100ml Dog Flea Pump Spray (Non-Aerosol Extra Quiet Pump Action) Natural Pyrethrum Insecticide. Kills fleas lice mites on dogs and puppies over 12 weeks of age.
.Bob Martin All In One Flea Spray (available from Pet Shop Bowl – UK)
Protect your pet and your home from fleas for up to 4 weeks. Bob Martin All In One Flea Spray is the only flea spray you will need to control fleas and ticks both on your pet and in your home. This pesticide free spray works in a unique way by immobilising the flea or tick. This unique ‘sticky trap’ works against fleas and ticks at all stages of the flea lifecycle – larvae, eggs and adult fleas – helping to stop flea infestation. As with all flea control products, it is very important that you kill the fleas both on your pet and also around the home. Whilst the fleas will probably be visible on your pet, the majority of the fleas eggs and larvae will be less visible in your pet’s home environment. This pesticide free spray helps to solve this problem as it is safe to use both on your pet’s coat and in your home, when used as directed.
Natural Flea and Tick Sprays and Powders
OFF! PETS Flea & Tick All in One Dog Powder (available from Pet Smart – USA)
Sprinkle on your dog or your carpet to keep those nasty critters away. Features essential oils including Rose Geranium, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Thyme and Cinnamon. Made with no harsh chemicals. Can be used on the dog’s skin and coat as well as for home use.
Directions: For dogs: Sprinkle a small amount down the back and rub into the fur. Repeat as needed. Wash hands after use of product.
For home and carpet: Vacuum carpet before applying. Sprinkle on carpet and let sit for a 1/2 hour to 3 hours. Vacuum as usual. Repeat as needed. Wash hands after use of product.
OFF! PETS Flea & Tick Dog Spray (available from Pet Smart – USA)
Stop pesky insects in their tracks with OFF! Pets Flea & Tick Spray. Apply directly to your dog’s skin and coat as an important part of successful Flea & Tick management. Features essential oils including Rose Geranium, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Thyme and Cinnamon.
Features: Made with no harsh chemicals
Directions: Spray onto affected area of pet to repel insects. Repeat as needed. Wash hands after use of product. .
Natural Defense Flea & Tick Dog Spray (available from Pet Smart – USA)
Spray kills adult fleas and ticks with natural ingredients, while providing a fresh botanical fragrance. Certain plants have developed highly effective defense mechanisms against potentially harmful insects and Sentry has harnessed the power of these natural botanical extracts to produce a line of flea, tick and mosquito control products that feature natural active ingredients such as peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, lemon grass oil and thyme oil. The exclusive formulations that feature these ingredients are harmless to mammals, birds and fish — but they’re deadly to biting pests. This means Sentry Natural Defense products are highly effective, yet they’re safe for use around your pets and your family when used as directed. Spray kills adult fleas and ticks, while providing a fresh botanical fragrance. Do not use on dogs less than 12 weeks of age...
Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet and Bedding Spray (available from Pet Care RX – USA)
Spray entire animal, including legs and paws. Stroke the animal’s coat against the lay while spraying to make sure the solution reaches the skin and spray until entire coat is damp. To help solution penetrate to the skin, spray and work into the coat. Dry with towel if desired. Also can be sprayed on surfaces and fabrics that may be infested – make sure adequate product is used to saturate areas where fleas may be hiding. Contacting fleas with product is required to achieve results.
Beaphar Flea Repellent Powder for Dogs (available from Pet Planet – UK)
Beaphar Flea Repellent Powder is for cats or dogs over 12 weeks old. It is a grooming powder composed of Diatomaceous Earth and containing Margosa plant extract. This Flea Repellent Powder is an extremely effective natural insecticide and a very safe way to repel fleas from your pet, quickly, harmlessly and easily with long lasting protection.
Herbaguard Powder for Dogs and Cats (available from Vet Products Direct – Australia)
Free from Chemicals and pesticides, this product contains Diatomaceous Earth, Black Walnut, Rye Thyme, Rosemary, Fennel, Pennyroyal, wormwood, Lavender, Yellow Dock, Feverfew and Neem Seed.
Earth Animal Flea and Tick Powder (available from Cherrybrook – USA)
Earth Animal Yeast Free Herbal Internal Powder is a natural alternative that helps defend against fleas and ticks. The Herbal Internal Powder helps prevent fleas and ticks naturally. A yeast free formula that produces a scent sheild to unwanted bugs. Use this powder daily, as a powerhouse protection peak season. The longer it is used, the better it works. Active ingredients include alfalfa powder, garlic powder, blue-green algae )spirulina(, kelp powder, papaya leaf, nettles leaf, neem and hawthorne berry powder. Use all year round. For maintenance, use normal dosage levels. For peak season, double the dosage. Can be mixed tih plain, organic yogurt or water into a paste or gravy. MADE IN THE USA. This product is not intended for cats.
.Get More Info. on PetAlive Flea Allergy Relief in Pets
Flea Allergy Relief is presented in a convenient spray form that is easy to administer without fussing or fighting. Simply spray directly into your pet’s mouth or onto their food or water. It is a safe, non-addictive, FDA registered natural remedy containing 100% homeopathic ingredients selected to relieve discomfort and irritation due to flea allergies. It may be used regularly to reduce symptoms such as red, burning or itching skin caused by an allergic reaction to fleas.