Fleas can be frustrating. You can spend hours trying to pull them out one by one or cleaning carpets and furniture but they'll keep coming back. If you're struggling to get a hold of these pesky insects, we've got the best options for you.
A parasite, fleas will latch onto dog hairs and bite your pets, making them uncomfortable and itchy. With newer treatments, flea shampoos and subscription boxes coming into action, you can kick these fleas away before they become too much.
It's best to try and repel and reduce the number of fleas on your dog before they even get there with treatments and shampoos. Luckily enough, we've rounded up options for the best flea shampoos for your dog.
How do I know my dog has fleas?
Before you start investing in any new flea products for your dog, it's best to know what you're looking for.
The most obvious place to start is, of course, scratching. If your pet starts to scratch or gnaws uncomfortably at its body more frequently, it's best to check it out and see what's going on. At this point, you can probably work out whether it's fleas or not.
Signs and symptoms of fleas and ticks:
• Hair loss or balding
• Spots around the body
• Over grooming
• Redness, irritation and sore patches
• Thickened skin
• Dark specks in fur or around furniture
As well as this, if you notice insect bites start to pop up on yourself, especially on your ankles, then these fleas may be pinching at your skin too.
Once you've spotted the signs, do a quick check throughout your dog's coat with a fine-tooth comb. If you're unsure, always remember it's okay to give your vet a call, just to check.
How can I treat dog fleas?
The best way to treat dog fleas is to get a hold of them before they can get onto your dog with a prevention treatment. This should be easy if you pick up a flea treatment regularly as they can kill off the problem before it starts.
This is easy to do at home and most frequently done with 'spot-on' treatments which work by just popping the small vial of liquid at the back of your pup's neck every month. Super easy, efficient and will keep your pooch calm. You can also get flea collars, powders and sprays as an alternative to these spot-on formulas.
If it's too late for prevention, then a dog shampoo is the best way to go, by getting deep into the fur to kill the fleas. After this, you'll want to de-flea your home with furniture treatments and a deep clean.
Our highlights of the best shampoos for dog fleas
We've found the best flea shampoos for dogs below, remember to scroll for our full breakdown of these products.
The best flea and tick dog flea shampoo: Animology Flea & Tick Dog Shampoo
Best dog flea shampoo for sensitive skin: Pike's Pouches Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Dog Shampoo & Conditioner
Best cruelty-free and vegan dog flea shampoo: Cooper And Gracie Flea Shampoo For Dogs
Best dog flea shampoo for puppies: Johnsons Puppy & Dog Flea Shampoo
Best flea repellent shampoo: Bob Martin Clear Flea Repellent Shampoo for Dogs and Puppies
The best flea shampoos for dogs
Animology Flea & Tick Dog Shampoo
Best overall dog flea shampoo
Well known in the grooming world, this Animology flea & tick shampoo is our top overall pick. With good value and key features you need, we think it's the best. Ridding of both fleas and ticks using neem and tea tree oil, this is a natural and 100 per cent vegan option, great for sensitive skin too.
• Kills fleas and ticks on contact
• Soothing with natural incredients
• pH balanced
• Pro-Vitamin B5 keeps your dog coat soft and conditioned
What dog owners have to say: "Wow. This has got to be the best shampoo I've ever used - we watched the fleas ping off and down the drain. I don't know what's in this stuff but the fleas hate it. Both dogs coats are shiny and clean - our Springer Spaniel is the whitest I've ever seen her."
Pike's Pouches Oatmeal & Aloe Vera Dog Shampoo & Conditioner
Best sensitive skin dog flea shampoo
A top-rated product on Amazon, grab this dog flea shampoo suitable for all ages, breeds and fur types. We particularly like that it's all-natural with peppermint and tea tree essential oils - leaving your dog smelling fresh after their bath! It's also made right here in the UK.
• Suitable for sensitive and irritated sin
• Extra soft from natural ingredients
• Eco-friendly packaging
What dog owners have to say: "I've used this on my dog for a while now, the oatmeal is good for dry skin and softens the coat nice as well. My dog has a weekly bath in this and it's really helped her. Smells good as well, highly recommended."
Cooper And Gracie Flea Shampoo For Dogs
Best vegan dog flea shampoo
Cruelty-free and vegan, this is a perfect dog flea shampoo for those looking to be environmentally friendly and use the best natural ingredients. Made specifically for itchy and sensitive skin, this helps to kill fleas while keeping your pooch comfortable.
• Efficient and easy
• Ingredients are all natural, ethical, cruelty-free and plant-based
What dog owners have to say: "This stuff is amazing - my dog has several skin issues and the fleas have caused him so much pain. It takes them away and leaves a soothed shiny happy dog!! Also, he smells divine... I am now ordering more products to use. Good foaming and coverage. Well worth the money."
Johnsons Puppy & Dog Flea Shampoo
Best dog flea shampoo for puppies
This puppy and dog flea shampoo is perfect for puppies over twelve weeks of age. Killing all fleas and suitable for all breeds, it's great for when those pesky fleas start to make their way in.
• Kills fleas on contact
• Soft coat and conditioned fur
• Smells great
What dog owners have to say: "A few days previously had used Frontline on my dog and sprayed the house. Unfortunately, the dog still had lots of fleas so used this shampoo. Very impressed. Could literally see dead fleas coming off as I was shampooing him. He's so much more comfortable now. Smells very nice too."
Bob Martin Clear Flea Repellent Shampoo for Dogs and Puppies
Best preventative dog flea shampoo
Our final pick of the best dog flea shampoos is this Bob Martin flea repellent. Working on both dogs and puppies over 12 weeks, this is a great value product to prevent fleas from coming back. Just note that this isn't suitable for any female nursing dogs.
• Fleas killed on contact
• Leaving your dog shiny and soft
• Good value
What dog owners have to say: "Brilliant shampoo for my dog - leaves his coat lovely and shiny, good clean fragrance and you see the fleas wash away! I would recommend using in conjunction with other de-flea-ing activities just to be on the safe side, but as a day to day measure to help provide some instant relief for your pet, you can't do better."
How do I keep fleas away?
So there you have it, our top pick of the best dog flea shampoos. Now that you're killing off all the fleas, you may be wondering how to keep them away for good.
We recommend deep cleaning your house, so any fleas stuck in furniture will be taken away and won't be able to jump back onto your pooch. As well as this, there are some products you can get your hands on to ensure they won't be coming back.
C&G Pets Household Pest Cleanse
Just spray onto your furniture and this should kill off the fleas without affecting your furnishings. We recommend vacuuming and brushing sofas and carpets after using this. Use weekly for maximum prevention.
Indorex Flea Spray
Another great spray targeting fleas and dust mites. Just spray over furniture and it's said to control fleas for at least a year.