Active Ingredients: Geranoil 0.9%
Inert Ingredients: Nylon, Wintergreen Oil, Almond Oil, 1,2-Proylene Carbonate 99.1%
Remove the collar from the bag and fasten it around your dog's neck. A correct fitting will enable two fingers to be comfortably inserted between the collar and the neck. Any excess length of collar beyond the buckle should be cut of and disposed of. ALZOO collars are waterproof and do not need to be removed. Replace collar every 3-4 months for maximum protection or it reinfestation is a risk. Do not use this collar to attach or hold the dog.
WARNINGS: Avoid contact with eyes or clothing. Wash hands immediately with soap and warm water after fitting. Do not use on dogs under 4 months. After use, dispose of product and packaging according to local waste regulations.
What do I do with the inner piece of the collar? This piece is necessary during the injection molding manufacturing process but it needs to come off before putting the collar on your pet. You can either throw it away or, as this piece is active and also full of natural repellent active ingredients, place it under the rug of your front door or inside the dog house or any other place to help prevent pest infestation.
Why are they moving to natural repellents? Main reason : Flea collars containing organophosphates are dangerous for both humans health, especially children health, as well as pets health. That is why, the French National Agency of Veterinary Medicine decided to withdraw the permit for sale of Diazinon, Propoxur and TCVP based collars, that are still widely commercialized in America. More recently, US EPA decided to ban Propoxur-based collars. Indeed, while adults or children are petting your animal, insecticides are absorbed through the skin and may harm the nervous sytem. It is the same for pets. Thus, they have developed natural repellent products to take care of people and animals' health.
How can people against fleas? The key: Prevention There is no need to treat with powerfull insecticides as the flea is easily eliminated by common insecticide, but there is a need to treat often and everywhere, using a preventive approach. Often, because the fleas which have survived to the initial treatment (because under the form of the more resistant egg or nymph development stage as seen previously) have to be also eliminated to avoid an other infestation. Everywhere, because fleas, larvae and nymphs are deeply entranched in the carpets, pillows, furniture tissus, etc.
Can the fleas attack the human beings? In general no, but certain people are an exception and are "devoured" by fleas. In these cases, bitings generally occur around the ankles and the calves and appear themselves as small red stains which strongly itch. If it is the case, consult your doctor and start a complete desinfection and clean-up of the house.
How do repellent or insecticide collars work? Collars advanced technology is using the properties of some specific plastic materials. The active ingredient is incorporated inside the plastic matrix itself and is being released from this matrix under a constant speed over a long period of time. The active ingredient migrates to the surface of the plastic under the form of micro drops or powder depending on the active molecule. Since the release is very slow, the product can be effective for several months. At the end of the product life, the content of the active ingredient inside the plastic is very small and the collar is becoming more rigid; you then need to replace the collar with a new one.
How a flea collar carried around the neck of my pet can protect its whole body? When we touch a window or a mirror, we leave a print. It is due to a fat called the sebum which soaks our epidermis and our skin. The sebum has a very important role; it is in particular a nutritive and softening factor for the skin. The skin of the dog and the cat is also covered with sebum. It is this sebum which will transport the active ingredient. Indeed, the molecules used in the collars are very soluble in the sebum. They will diffuse via this fatty layer on the whole surface of the body. Thus, a flea collar carried around the neck protects the animal completely, from the head to the tip of the tail.
My house is infested with fleas. Despite all my efforts, I cannot get rid of them. What can I do? It is quite difficult to get rid of fleas from the house. Different from what most people think, fleas do not live permanently on the animal but on the floor, on carpets, pillows, etc...
Fleas generate eggs. From the eggs, a larva follows different development steps to turn into a nymph and to finally become an adult insect. Nymph are inside a cocoon and they have the particularity to stay "asleep" a very long period of time and to turn into an adult insect after some time that can last for several months. It is the reason why we can see fleas appear in a house left empty for several months in the absence of animals. In that case, these nymphs can wake-up, for example when they start feeling vibrations on the floor.
The adult insect has to bite a target (a dog, a cat or an human) in order to feed himself with blood. After feeding, the flea is falling on the floor where it lives and deliver its eggs. And so on.... Fleas and larva are affected by most of the common insecticides: insecticides used on animals (collars, powder,...) or household environment insecticides. But they still recommend to follow the preventive approach with natural repellent products before the season starts. It is healthier and preventing is much easier than fixing the problem! However, the eggs are not affected by those and nymphs are quite resistant to those. So an effective treatment consists in breaking the flea cycle and to prevent the fleas to deliver new eggs.
I treat my dog or my cat with an insecticide product (shampoo, powder or spray), he/she wears a collar and he/she still has fleas. How can it be possible? If it is the case, it probably means that the environment in which your pet lives is infested with fleas. As a matter of fact, and different from the common belief, fleas do not permanently live on the animal. Fleas are more often on the floor, in carpets, pillows, etc... Fleas "jump" on the animal only when they need to be fed with blood.
The treatments you are using kill fleas that are present on the animal. But as there are a large amount of fleas in the environment, new ones replace dead ones giving the impression the products are not effective. Therefore, THE ENVIRONMENT NEEDS ALSO TO BE TREATED.
Once it is treated, you will have to prevent fleas to come back by treating them as soon as they re-appear with a shampoo, a powder or a spray. Ideally, you will permanently have on your pet a collar. You would need to replace it at the end of its life as described on the packaging; it would permanently protect your pet against fleas.
I already have products for my dog; can I use them for my cat? Not at all! Cats and dogs do not belong to the same species and they are as different from each other as a rabbit from a horse ! Especially, they have a different metabolism and a different physiology. In other words, what can be safe for one, can be a deadly poison for the other one.
Cats are fragil animals and a large number of chemical substances cannot be eliminated by their liver. So, it is very dangerous to take a risk in regards with this question; numerous cases, some with tragic ends, have happened. It is the reason why you need to use the products specifically designed for your pet. They have been studied and developped to be safe to their health and for their well being. If you have any doubt, please contact your veterinarian before doing anything. He is a specialist and he will know how to direct you.
What can I do if I feel the collar scent is too strong? It is sometime difficult to develop a natural collar which is both effective and odorless. If you feel the scent is too strong, you can first leave the collar out from the packaging from 1 hour to 1 day outside before putting in on your pet. Then you can also remove it when your pet is inside your house and put it back when he/she goes outside. And remember to wash your hands with soap after handling it.
Can I use Alzoo collar with different product brands? If you have used another natural-based brand of spray or spot-on within the last 15 days, shampoo the fur around the entire collar area prior to using the ALZOO Collar. (Since ALZOO Collars, Spot-on, and Spray have been developed so that they can be used together, this is only required with another natural brand).