Nondescript brown tar soap is found in many homes. They wash dishes, hair, body, use as a remedy for acne or skin rashes. This cosmetic product is also suitable for pets - with it you can save a cat or dog from fleas. Learn how to do this without harming the animal, with maximum results.
Composition and properties of tar soap
The composition includes three active components. Each of them is distinguished by properties, efficiency:
- Birch tar - the main component, has an insecticidal effect, toxic to many insects. The composition of tar includes benzoyl, which inhibits the nerve centers of fleas. The component has an antiseptic effect, inhibits the growth of bacteria, fungi that cause pathogenic diseases.
- Phenol, cresol and alkali - these components are poisonous to insects, cause them chemical burns, and in the complex eliminate skin parasites for a long time.
- Sodium salts and citric acid - give the soap foam, among other things, maintain the salt and water balance of the skin of the animal, preventing it from drying out and peeling off.
Tar soap is an excellent wound healing natural antiseptic with antibacterial and antiparasitic properties. It cleans the skin and coat of animals, is sold in pharmacies or stores without a prescription at a low price. Its properties:
- disinfects, enhances blood flow to tissues;
- regenerates, restores damaged epidermis;
- dries, accelerates the healing of wounds, scratches, rashes;
- It has a reducing, absorbable, anesthetic action;
- deeply cleanses, eliminates dandruff, stimulates the growth of healthy coat in animals.
Instructions for use
You can use tar soap for dogs and cats in the fight against fleas and other insect parasites. The mechanism of action is the suppression of the life of insects due to tar, and the unpleasant odor scares away bloodsucking. Tar soap can destroy adult insects, eggs with flea larvae in the hair of dogs and cats.
Dog Handling Rules:
- Wet your pet's coat well.
- Take a piece of soap, soap the wet coat, pay special attention to the abdomen and back.
- During soaping, make sure that the soap does not get into the dog’s eyes or mouth.
- Leave the animal alone for 5 minutes.
- After 5-10 minutes, rinse the soap with running water.
- Perform the procedure regularly, every few days, until the fleas are completely eliminated.
- Within a few days after treatment, the dog may smell like soap.
Unlike dogs, cats are more difficult to handle because they are afraid of water. For cats, it is better to use shampoos based on tar soap. They are softer, have less pronounced odor, and foam better. The animal can be processed starting from five weeks of age according to the instructions:
- Put the kitten or cat in the bathroom, dampen the coat.
- Apply shampoo with massage movements, rubbing into the skin, lather. Pay special attention to the stomach, creases at the paws, withers.
- Wrap the animal with a dry towel, soak for 10 minutes. If the cat tolerates bath procedures well, you can keep 40 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water. A part of the surviving fleas will be in the water, they must be destroyed before they climb onto the wool.
- Wipe the hair with a dry towel, after drying, comb the cat with a comb and remove the remaining fleas.
- If the animal is highly infected, repeat treatment after 3-5 days.
Advantages and disadvantages
Tar soap is not inferior to modern insecticides, has its advantages and disadvantages. These include:
Pros of using the tool
It can be used in pregnant, lactating, debilitated and sick animals
It has an unpleasant odor that does not disappear for a long time.
Suitable for 7-10 week old puppies and 5 week old kittens
Requires continued use
Does not contain components harmful to the animal, fragrances
May not cope with a strong infection, effective only for single purposes or with prevention
It can be used if there is damage on the skin (scratches, wounds)
Not all animals will undergo water treatment, cats often do not like this
Relieves inflammation after being bitten by parasites, eliminates itching, improves the appearance of skin and coat
Love, 56 years old. I regularly use tar flea soap in cats. I have three cats living in the village, so every spring and autumn I treat them with this tool. They do not really like water procedures, but they endure. I like that after the first treatment the cats itch less, but you have to repeat the procedure a couple of times.
Anton, 29 years old I have a Spitz who constantly suffers from flea bites. Mom advised tar tar from fleas in the dog, I tried it, but then it smelled very badly from the pet, but the problem did not go away. I decided not to experiment anymore; I purchased special drops in a veterinary store. After one treatment, the problem was resolved.