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Flotation Vest

What is a Dog Armor Flotation Vest?

Dog Armor Flotation Vest is a flotation device for dogs that combines performance, comfort, and safety. The Flotation Vest allows water loving dog owners to focus on fun instead of being worried about their dogs’ safety. Combining a durable and flexible neoprene shell with inner foam for flotation, the Flotation Vest provides safety without getting in the way. Large leg holes and a segmented design further ensure ease of motion and comfort in or out of the water. The Flotation Vest’s quick-drying neoprene leaves the water in the sea pool or lake, keeping the vest light and your dog comfortable on land. The bright red color and broad reflective striping ensure optimum visibility while the large lifting handle on the back allows easy lifting out of the water if needed. The Flotation Vest features a combination of velcro closures and quick release buckles for optimum adjustment and secure fastening.

How does a Flotation Vest work?

When an object is placed in the water it will displace water. As a result, the water pushes back and creates buoyancy. The more water is displaced, the greater the force pushing back. If the object in the water displaces enough water to equal its weight it will stay afloat. A heavy object like a stone will sink because the volume of the stone will not displace sufficient water to counteract the downward force caused by its weight. A piece of wood on the other hand will float because its volume will displace sufficient water to counteract the downward force caused by its weight.

A Flotation Vest is made of neoprene and filled with a foam that has very high volume compared to its weight. It will displace a lot of water compared to its weight and therefore it has strong floating capabilities. Because the dog’s body already has some buoyancy, a Flotation Vest doesn’t need to support all of the dog’s weight. It just needs to displace enough water to keep the dog’s head above the surface.

I thought all dogs could swim naturally?

Many people believe that swimming is a skill that all dogs naturally have. But swimming is not necessarily a natural ability for dogs. In reality, while most dogs instinctively make a paddling movement once they are in the water many dogs tend to sink whenever submerged. Certainly not every dog paddle is sufficiently effective to keep the animal afloat, and many dogs have no idea how to move to shore or to the side of the pool.

In fact, when it comes to swimming capabilities dog breeds can be divided into 3 categories. There are those that can swim, those that can be taught to swim and those who just aren’t built for the water.

The latter category includes dogs with a heavy chest and small hindquarters such as the English and French Bulldog, short muzzled dogs such as the Pug, and dogs with very short legs, such as the Dachshund. There simply isn’t enough push from their relatively short legs to keep their relatively heavy bodies afloat in aquatic environments or they have a hard time swimming because their shortness of breath results in easy fatigue.

At the other end of the spectrum are the excellent swimmers such as the Water Spaniels, Retrievers, Irish Setters and Newfoundlands. This is mainly because of the strong push that they manage to create with their legs and simply because swimming is in their genes. Many of these breeds were bred specifically to retrieve game from the water or for water rescue and most of these dogs truly enjoy being in water.

Why does my dog need a Flotation Vest?

Of course, there are breeds that really cannot swim such as the English and French Bulldog, Pug and the Dachshund. They will definitely need a Flotation Vest whenever you take them to the beach or lake.

Another reason to use a Floating Vest is when you are trying to get your dog used to the water. The goal is to discover whether your dog enjoys the water and whether he has to build and aptitude for swimming. Even if your pet is a recognized swimmer like a retriever, you should never simply drop a dog who has never been in water into the pool or the lake.

Other dogs that really already know how to swim may have a bad day without you knowing it and just don’t feel fit to swim. Additionally, water or weather conditions can cause problems even for a pet that is typically a strong swimmer.

Another problem with water loving dogs may be that they push themselves too far. Physically and mentally, some dogs, just don’t know when “to call it a day.” Take into consideration an excited dog who jumps into the water “one last time,” when he should have stopped 10 fetches ago, and imagine what can happen.

Other than dogs pushing themselves too hard, you have to worry about natural hazards associated with water. Natural lakes contain a lot of underwater debris. Underwater flora like branches and tall grass can snag or slow your dog down. If they can’t break away quick enough, your dog can tire out and possibly drown. Streams and rivers tire dogs out quickly, especially if playing and swimming against them. And though a stream may look calm on the surface, fast moving undercurrents can sweep away just about any dog. And finally beaches are the worst. Dogs tire out quickly in ocean/beach water, and it’s easy for dogs to get pushed out to sea by strong undertows.

Even swimming pools can be hazardous for dogs, although they are in the comfort of our backyard. It’s estimated that thousands of family pets die in drowning incidents each year in swimming pools in the US alone, though real numbers are not known, because most incidents go unreported.

Basically there are sufficient reasons to never let your dog swim in a large body of water without a Floatation Vest. And, while there are no regulations regarding life jackets for pets, a Flotation Vest will help keep your pet safe while around any body of water or aboard your boat.

Why does the Flotation Vest have a lifting handle?

The Flotation Vest is equipped with a handle to easily lift your dog out of the water should he need help. To do that safely, the handle is placed forward on the body of the Vest, up between the shoulder blades. A strap with quick release buckle is attached to the Flotation Vest which needs to be fit snug around the body just behind the front legs.

This arrangement guarantees that when you lift your dog, the weight is borne by the well-protected and sturdy ribcage of your dog and that his head comes out of the water first.

You can easily test if the Flotation Vest is properly fitted by putting the life jacket on your dog and lift him off the ground using the handle. If his front feet lift off first it’s great. If his rear end tips up off the ground it means you would dunk your dog’s head underwater while lifting him up. You will have to adjust the fitting or pick one size smaller.

Why are Dog Armor Flotation Vests only available in red color?

Red is a great color for the Flotation Vest because it is a very bright color that you hardly find on floating objects in nature. Brightly colored life vests improve the visibility of your dog for boaters, surfers, jetskiers and those being towed behind speed boats. Also, if you are trying to rescue a dog that has fallen overboard, you are better able to spot him.

In addition we have added broad reflective striping to the Flotation Vest which will light up brightly if a light shines on it. This will greatly help spotting or finding your dog under darker circumstances.

Comfort & Safety

Why is it important that Dog Armor Flotation Vests fit properly?

It is important to get a life jacket that fits you properly. It won’t be much use if it’s too big and your dog slips out of it. On the other hand the Flotation Vest should provide sufficient buoyancy to keep your dog’s head above the water. However, the Flotation Vest should also not be too tight which may cause difficulties breathing. Also, a too tight Flotation Vest may cause overheating when the dog is out of the water.

How do I know what size of Dog Armor Flotation Vest to use?
One of the most important aspects in selecting a suitable Flotation Vest is “proper fit.” Getting the right Flotation Vest size is essential to ensure sufficient buoyancy, maximum wearing comfort and maximum safety.

You can easily determine the correct size Flotation Vest by measuring your dog and pick from the Dog Armor broad selection of sizes. You can also try-out the Flotation Vest for your dog at the nearest pet shop to make sure your dog’s Flotation Vest fits snugly.

If you do have the possibility to visit a pet shop, you can easily check if the Flotation Vest is properly fitted by putting the life jacket on your dog and lift him off the ground using the handle. If his front feet lift off first it’s great. If his rear end tips up off the ground it means you would dunk your dog’s head underwater while lifting him up. In that case you will have to adjust the fitting or pick one size smaller.

You’ll find the Dog Armor Flotation Vest size chart in the sizing guide on this website.

Do I need to practice using the Flotation Vest?

Yes! It’s important practicing using the Flotation Vest so that your dog feels relaxed and comfortable while wearing it in the water. Some dogs may have the physical capacity to swim, but have a fear of the water nonetheless. They tend to panic when submerged and for a dog in water, panic quickly leads to fatigue.

Therefore, make sure that you introduce the Flotation Vest when your dog is in a calm state. The dog needs to associate the Flotation Vest with a stress-free frame of mind. First try out the Flotation Vest on land a couple of times. After the dog feels comfortable wearing the Vest on dry land, try using it in the water. This is best done in a relatively shallow pool or lake while you are staying at his side to calm him down in case he panics.

Get him used to the feel of the water, then gradually work him into deeper water. If he’s moving around well and seems comfortable, you can throw a floating toy, ball or stick out for him to fetch. If he swims out to the object and retrieves it, call him and encourage him to swim back to you. Praise him liberally when he reaches you. Repeat this process a few times to make sure your dog is used the feeling of wearing a Flotation Vest in the water.

While trying the Flotation Vest in the water use the opportunity to make the necessary adjustments of the straps and velcro of the Vest to ensure optimum fit.

Using a Dog Armor Flotation Vest

When should I use a Flotation Vest?

Of course, there are breeds that really cannot swim and who need a Flotation Vest whenever you take them to the beach or lake.

Always use a Floating Vest when trying to get your dog used to the water. The goal is to discover whether your dog enjoys the water and whether he has the build and aptitude for swimming. Even if your pet is a recognized swimmer like a retriever, you should never simply drop a dog who has never been in water into the pool or the lake.

Other dogs that really already know how to swim may have a bad day without you knowing it. Because they’re dogs and seem pretty much under our control, we take them out for a swim anyway.

Another problem with water loving dogs may be that they push themselves too far. Physically and mentally, some dogs, just don’t know when “to call it a day.” Take into consideration an excited dog who jumps into the water “one last time,” when they should have stopped 10 fetches ago, and you have an accident waiting to happen.

Other than dogs pushing themselves too hard, you have to worry about natural hazards associated with water. Natural lakes contain a lot of underwater debris. Areas around the bed of a lake are cluttered with brush, branches and tall grass. Foliage like this can snag or slow your dog down. If they can’t break away quick enough, they can tire out and possibly drown. Streams and rivers tire dogs out quickly, especially if playing and swimming against them. And though a stream may look calm on the surface, fast moving undercurrents can sweep away just about any dog. And finally beaches are the worst. Dogs tire out quickly in ocean/beach water, and it’s easy for dogs to get pushed out to sea by strong undertows.

Even swimming pools can be hazardous. Although they are in the comfort of our backyards, it seems that more than 4,000 dogs drown in them every year in the US alone.

Basically there are sufficient reasons to never let your dog swim in a large body of water without a Floatation Vest.

Caring for a Dog Armor Flotation Vest

How should I wash my Dog Armor Flotation Vest?

Rinsing the entire Flotation Vest with fresh water after use will keep it in good condition. Rinse all surfaces, inside and out, as well as the straps.

If the Flotation Vest becomes dirty, you may want to properly clean it. Cleaning the Vest from time to time also helps keep it in good condition and prevents build up of oils from the skin.

Fill a small bucket with about three quarters water and add about 2 tablespoons of mild liquid detergent such as liquid dish soap. Dip the Vest into the bucket and clean the entire surface and straps with the sponge. Use a soft bristle brush (such as a tooth brush) on stubborn spots. Hose of the entire Vest to remove all soap residue. Rinse all surfaces, inside and out, as well as the straps. Inspect the result and repeat if needed.

How should I dry my Dog Armor Flotation Vest?

Let your Flotation Vest dry thoroughly before putting it away. Always store it in a well ventilated place. Do not tumble dry your Flotation Vest. Let it dry naturally and preferably in the shade. Also do not store in direct sunlight. Long term exposure to UV light may weaken the fabric and belts. Fading can be an indication of loss of strength.

How long will my Dog Armor Flotation vest last?

The Dog Armor Flotation Vest is made of durable neoprene with sturdy inner foam and when treated properly it will last for numerous years. There is really no set time limit for its durability. Nevertheless it’s certain that caring for your Flotation Vest will make it last longer. Some simple things you can do are:

  • Let your Flotation Vest dry thoroughly before putting it away. Always store it in a well ventilated place.
  • Don’t put heavy objects on your Flotation Vest or use it as kneeling pad or boat fender. Flotation Vests loose buoyancy when crushed.
  • Do not store in direct sunlight. Long term exposure to UV light may weaken the fabric and belts. Fading can be an indication of loss of strength.
  • Never dry your Flotation Vest on a radiator, heater or any other direct source of heat.
  • Check the Flotation Vest often for rips and tears. Regularly give the belts and Velcro closings a quick hard pull to make sure they are secure.

How long is the warranty on my Dog Armor Flotation Vest?

Your Dog Armor Flotation Vest is covered by a 1 year warranty (from the day you buy it) on any material or workmanship flaws.

If you can’t find an answer to your question please contact us.

Knockdown bed

What is a Knockdown Bed

The Dog Armor Knockdown Bed is a comfortable bean bag type of dog Bed which has a polystyrene beads filling and a cover that is coated with an insecticidal substance that kills ticks, fleas and other insects.

How does it work?

The anti-insect impregnation technology from Insect Shield that is used for the Knockdown Bed is based on a coating method with active ingredient permethrin. This method ensures that a strong bond is formed between the permethrin and the fabric of the bed. Permethrin is a nature-identical synthetic chemical widely used as an insecticide and insect repellent. In low doses it is not known to harm humans or dogs as it is poorly absorbed by the skin. The permethrin impregnation of Dog Armor Knockdown Beds is invisible, odorless, long-lasting and safe.

Only a minimum amount of permethrin is used in each Dog Armor Knockdown Bed, and it is bound tightly to the fabric fibers. Independent laboratory tests show that the permethrin remains in the Insect Shield coated apparel, even after 70 launderings. Similar to the dye in colorfast clothing, the Insect Shield active ingredient is designed to stay in the fabric.

What is Permethrin and why is Permethrin the chosen anti-insect agent?

Permethrin is a synthetic insect repellent. It belongs to the family of pyrethroids which are man-made compounds similar to the natural insect repellents produced by Chrysanthemum flowers (confusingly called pyrethrins). It is an odorless toxin that is used in veterinary spot-on formulations and topical applications for animals. It is also a prescribed treatment for humans with lice or scabies. In numerous studies permethrin has been found to repel and kill a wide variety of insects.

Permethrin is also the most commonly applied impregnant of textile products such as clothing and WHO recommended mosquito nets, because of its margin of safety, its effectiveness and its durability once applied.

Finally, permethrin is on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) List of Essential Medicines, a list of the most important medication needed in a basic health system for humans!

Which parasite infestations will a Dog Armor Knockdown Bed help prevent?

A number of parasite pests can cause damage and irritation to dogs. These parasites include fleas and ticks as well as biting flies, sand flies and mosquitoes. They are not just a nuisance but they may carry diseases which pose a serious health hazard to people and animals.

Fleas & ticks
Dog Armor Knockdown Beds mainly target crawling parasites such as fleas and ticks. Ticks and fleas will be killed whenever they come in contact with the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed. So if your dog has attracted ticks or fleas after a walk outside and he will take a rest on its Dog Armor Knockdown Bed, the fleas and ticks will be exposed to the permethrin, knocked down and killed. That makes the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed an extremely effective tool for the early prevention of ecto-parasite infestations.

Flying insects
In addition the permethrin on the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed has a repelling and insecticidal effect on flies, sand flies, mosquitoes and other flying insects.

Can a Dog Armor Knockdown Bed help to reduce transmission of diseases?

Definitely. Ticks can transmit a large number of diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, encephalitis, tularemia, Q-fever, and Lyme disease. The longer the tick feeds on your dog’s blood, the greater the possibility of transmission of pathogenic organisms. The Dog Armor Knockdown Bed has a repelling and killing action. Repelling and killing ticks before and while they are attacking can significantly reduce the risk of transmission of diseases.

Fleas can also transmit diseases and the flea killing action of your Dog Armor Knockdown Bed will reduce the possibility of disease transmission by fleas.

Mosquitoes are well-know for transmitting heartworm. The Knockdown Bed will help preventing mosquitoes from biting your dog, as well as sand-flies and biting flies and because of that reduce transmission of diseases.

Is there any evidence that a Dog Armor Knockdown Bed is effective?

Yes. Research results show that the permethrin impregnated fabrics are effective for insect control. Permethrin is applied to the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed along with a polymer binding substance that makes the insecticide available to repel and knock down insects. It will remain effective for a long period, thereby withstanding a large number of washings. Consequently it’s not necessary to re-apply the insecticide as is the case with pour-on/spot-on concentrates.

Why should I choose Dog Armor Knockdown Bed?

The Insect Shield technology used on Dog Armor Knockdown gear represents a very effective anti-insect tool and at the same time a responsible way of using insect repellents. The Insect Shield technology makes sure that insect protection is right where it is needed: around your dog. Dog Armor Knockdown products are capable of repelling and knocking down ticks, fleas and mosquitoes with only a small amount of long-lasting active ingredient. The permethrin concentration that we use on our Knockdown gear is only 0.52% w/w. By comparison, permethrin spot-on preparations for dogs are commonly offered in concentrations varying from 45 to 60%, and even up to 75%.

So, if you want to minimize the overall pesticide and repellent use on your dog and you are looking for a highly effective, safe, odorless and long lasting approach to insect pest control, the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed is the right choice for you.

Comfort & Protection

Why is it important that Dog Armor Knockdown Beds are so comfortable?

Besides the insect killing and repelling action, the most important feature of the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed is that it’s super comfortable. You want to be absolutely sure your dog can sleep and move comfortably in his Bed. If the dog is uncomfortable he will not use the Bed regularly and in case of the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed the anti-insect property will not be used to its greatest extent.

How do I know what size of Dog Armor Knockdown Bed to use?

Closely related to comfort is dog Bed size. It’s important to choose the right size Bed. Especially beds that are too small tend to be less comfortable. In addition, parts of the dog will stick out of the bed reducing the anti-insect contact area. As a general rule, the bigger bed, the better. There are two simple ways to determine the proper Dog Armor Knockdown Bed size:
1) In case your dog is fully grown, measure your dog from nose to onset of the tail as he is lying down, then add 12 cm (5 inches) if he likes to sleep stretched out. Pick the next biggest size pet bed for that measurement.
2) Choose the right size bed from the Dog Armor breed and size guidelines. However, please note that these guidelines are approximations. When in doubt it’s always better to go with the next size up.
You’ll find the Dog Armor dog Bed size charts and breed guidelines in the sizing guide on this website.

Using a Knockdown Bed

When should I use a Dog Armor Knockdown Bed?

The usage of your Dog Armor Knockdown Bed depends entirely upon you. Basically your dog can always sleep on a Dog Armor Knockdown Bed because it’s a comfortable bed and in many geographic areas there is a certain level of exposure to insects all year round. In other areas insect pests are only seasonal but even if it’s not tick or flea season the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed will help protect your dog against annoying mosquitoes or flies. In short, you may use the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed all year round or whenever you feel your dog is suffering from insect pests of any kind.

Caring for a Dog Armor Knockdown Bed

How should I wash my Dog Armor Knockdown Bed?

The fabric of the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed cover is knitted of high quality 420D polyester yarns and it may get dirty for example from muddy dog paws or normal skin secretions. If a Knockdown Bed is dirty but not stained, cleaning it with a wet towel it’s all that’s needed. A more thorough cleaning can be done by removing the inner cover that contains the dog bed filling and washing the dog bed gently with soap in a bowl (do not use bleach). Be sure to rinse out every bit of detergent to prevent irritation to your dog’s skin. Do not rinse your Knockdown Bed in a pond, lake or river as the insecticide is toxic for aqueous life. Prevent scrubbing the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed with a stiff brush or broom because that may remove the insecticide that is bound to the polyester. If you gently wash the Knockdown Bed the insecticide will remain active for over 70 launderings. Never dry-clean the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed as dry-cleaning removes some of the insecticide which reduces the insect repellent quality of the Knockdown Bed.

How should I dry my Dog Armor Knockdown Bed?

Do not tumble dry your Dog Armor Knockdown Bed. Let the Knockdown Bed dry naturally and preferably in the shade as drying the Knockdown Bed in the sun may reduce its life span. Luckily the knitted polyester fabric will air dry very quickly and your dog can go back to sleep on his Dog Armor Knockdown Bed usually within 30 minutes after washing.

How long will my Dog Armor Knockdown Bed last?

The outer cover of the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed is made of durable fabric and will last for several years. The anti-insect coating on the Knockdown Bed will remain active for over 70 launderings if you follow the wash instructions.

The virgin polystyrene beads in the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed keep their shape better and longer than reground beads, thus preventing the dog bed from flattening prematurely. Nevertheless, dependent on the intensity of use also virgin beads will flatten eventually and need to be replaced to make the dog bed soft and flexible again. In case the beads start to flatten you may either completely replace the filling for the best result or top up the filling whenever you deem necessary.

How long is the warranty on my Dog Armor Knockdown Bed?

Your Dog Armor Knockdown Bed is covered by a 1 year warranty (from the day you buy it) on any material or workmanship flaws.

Safety

Do I have to wash my hands after handling my Dog Armor Knockdown Bed?

The amount of permethrin that will stick to your hands after handling the Knockdown Bed will be insignificant due to the fact that it is bound to the Knockdown Bed fabric. In addition, the human skin breaks down permethrin within fifteen minutes of contact with skin. This is also the reason why permethrin is of no value to you as a personal protection insect repellent when applied to the skin. Therefore no significant skin effects are expected from handling permethrin-treated Knockdown Beds. Nevertheless, from a hygiene point of view it is always advisable to wash your hands after handling the Knockdown Bed.

Can permethrin cause skin irritation or sensitization?

After four years of issuing permethrin impregnated uniforms the U.S. Marine Corps did not receive any reports of skin rash. Also, in a controlled human study, permethrin did not cause significant skin irritation or sensitization when tested on 200 subjects so it’s safe to say that even this health risk is highly unlikely.

Can a Dog Armor Knockdown Bed be used for cats?

Dog Armor Knockdown gear is solely developed for dogs. This is not because we don’t love cats! It’s because cats have a unique physiology that makes them unable to break down certain toxic compounds. Permethrin, the active ingredient in our Knockdown gear which is such an effective anti-insect agent, is one of those compounds that is not tolerated by cats. High doses of permethrin can even cause severe adverse reactions in cats. Although the permethrin concentration in our Knockdown products is significantly lower than, for example, in concentrated spot-on products, Dog Armor Knockdown Beds are not considered suitable for cats and we do not recommend using Dog Armor gear for cats.

Can a Dog Armor Knockdown Bed be used in households with dogs and cats living together?

While permethrin is very well tolerated in dogs, in cats it is toxic and may cause severe adverse reactions. The presence of a Dog Armor Knockdown Bed in a household with cats by itself should not cause any harm to cats if the dog is the only user of the Knockdown Bed. However, in case cat and dog share the same bed it is not recommended to give your dog a Dog Armor Knockdown Bed.

My vet told me Permethrin is toxic for specific dog breeds. Is that true?

Several dog breeds such as Collies, Australian Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs and Border Collies are susceptible to a genetic disorder called MDR1. Affected dogs, when treated with certain common veterinary drugs such as Ivermectin and Imodium, are unable to pump out these drugs from their brains resulting in poisoning and neurologic symptoms ranging from tremors, anorexia and excess salivation to blindness, coma and even death.

Some of these drugs such as Ivermectins, which vets prescribe extensively for the treatment of parasite infections, are able to cause toxicity at only 1/200th of the dose required to cause toxicity in healthy dogs.

There are many publications about the sensitivity of dogs with the MDR-1 gen defect for several different of active ingredients but so far none of them have reported permethrin or any other pyrethroids as a problem causing agent.

My vet recommended concentrated anti-flea and tick spot-on-products. How does the Knockdown Bed perform in comparison?

The Insect Shield technology used on Dog Armor Knockdown gear represents a responsible way of using insect repellents. The Insect Shield technology makes sure that insect protection is right where it is needed: around your dog. Dog Armor Knockdown products are capable of repelling ticks, fleas and mosquitoes with only a small amount of long-lasting active ingredient. The permethrin concentration that we use on our Knockdown gear is only 0.52% w/w.

By comparison, permethrin spot-on preparations for dogs are commonly offered in concentrations varying from 45 to 60%, and even up to 75%. These highly concentrated spot-on solutions have to be applied directly onto the dog’s skin. They spread in a thin layer over the dog and remain locked in the oil on the dog’s skin. This process takes roughly 24 hours. During that time the dog should not be shampooed or get wet. Until the spot-on dries dogs should be kept off the furniture and away from hardwood floors. Treated dogs should not be handled, especially by children until the application site is dry and, finally, treated dogs should not be allowed to sleep together with their owners, and especially not with children. The spot-on formula remains effective for just 28 days against fleas and only 2 weeks against ticks.

Fortunately Dog Armor Knockdown gear does not require these kinds of precautions. This is because the permethrin concentration on Dog Armor Knockdown gear is only 0.52% and because the permethrin of Dog Armor is bound tightly to the fabric fibers. This not only ensures an improved safety profile but also an efficacy for more than 70 launderings!

So compared to topical insect repellents such as spot-on, Dog Armor Knockdown gear can help reduce overall pesticide and repellent use.

Can the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed be used in combination with other flea and tick concepts?

There are some situations in which using two flea and tick approaches together may be more effective than only one. An example would be tick prevention in a heavily tick-infested area. Of course combining the Knockdown Bed with the Knockdown Coat or Knockdown Shirt is recommended in such case. Theoretically, also other products may be used – for instance a Knockdown Bed in combination with topical product – especially if they have different mechanisms of action. Nevertheless, the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed has not been tested for use together with other flea and tick control products than Dog Armor products, and no information on the safety and efficacy of using them together with other products is available.

If you can’t find an answer to your question please contact us.

 

Knockdown Blanket

What is a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket

The Dog Armor Knockdown blanket is a comfortable all-season dog blanket which is made of high quality soft polyester brushed tricot. It is coated with an anti-insect substance (permethrin) that knocks down and repels ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and other insects.

How does it work

The anti-insect impregnation technology from Insect Shield that is used for the Knockdown Blanket is based on a coating method with active ingredient permethrin. This method ensures that a strong bond is formed between the permethrin and the fabric of the blanket. Permethrin is a nature-identical synthetic chemical widely used as an insecticide and insect repellent. In low doses it is not known to harm humans or dogs as it is poorly absorbed by the skin. The permethrin impregnation of Dog Armor Knockdown Blankets is invisible, odorless, long-lasting and safe.

Only a minimum amount of permethrin is used in each Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket, and it is bound tightly to the fabric fibers. Independent laboratory tests show that the permethrin remains in the Insect Shield coated apparel, even after 70 launderings. Similar to the dye in colorfast clothing, the Insect Shield active ingredient is designed to stay in the fabric.

What is Permethrin and why is Permethrin the chosen anti-insect agent

Permethrin is a synthetic insect repellent. It belongs to the family of pyrethroids which are man-made compounds similar to the natural insect repellents produced by Chrysanthemum flowers (confusingly called pyrethrins). It is an odorless toxin that is used in veterinary spot-on formulations and topical applications for animals. It is also a prescribed treatment for humans with lice or scabies. In numerous studies permethrin has been found to repel and kill a wide variety of insects.

Permethrin is also the most commonly applied impregnant of textile products such as clothing and WHO recommended mosquito nets, because of its margin of safety, its effectiveness and its durability once applied.

Finally, permethrin is on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) List of Essential Medicines, a list of the most important medication needed in a basic health system for humans!

Which parasite infestations will a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket help prevent

A number of parasite pests can cause damage and irritation to dogs. These parasites include fleas and ticks as well as biting flies, sand flies and mosquitoes. They are not just a nuisance but they may carry diseases which pose a serious health hazard to people and animals.

Fleas & ticks
Dog Armor Knockdown Blankets mainly target crawling parasites such as fleas and ticks. Ticks and fleas will be repelled and killed whenever they come in contact with the Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket. So if your dog has attracted ticks or fleas after a walk outside and he will take a rest on its Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket, the fleas and ticks will be exposed to the permethrin, knocked down and eventually be killed. That makes the Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket an extremely effective tool for the early prevention of ecto-parasite infestations.

Flying insects
In addition the permethrin on the Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket has a repelling and insecticidal effect on flies, sand flies, mosquitoes and other flying insects.

Can a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket help to reduce transmission of diseases

Definitely! Ticks can transmit a large number of diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, encephalitis, tularemia, Q-fever, and Lyme disease. The longer the tick feeds on your dog’s blood, the greater the possibility of transmission of pathogenic organisms. The Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket has a repelling and killing action. Repelling and killing ticks before and while they are attacking can significantly reduce the risk of transmission of diseases.

Fleas can also transmit diseases and the flea killing action of your Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket will reduce the possibility of disease transmission by fleas.

Mosquitoes are well-know for transmitting heartworm. The Knockdown Blanket will help preventing mosquitoes from biting your dog, as well as sand-flies and biting flies and because of that reduce transmission of diseases.

Is there any evidence that a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket is effective

Yes. Research results show that the permethrin impregnated fabrics are effective for insect control. Permethrin is applied to the Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket along with a polymer binding substance that makes the insecticide available to repel and knock down insects. It will remain effective for a long period, thereby withstanding a large number of washings. Consequently it’s not necessary to re-apply the insecticide as is the case with pour-on/spot-on concentrates.

Why should I choose Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket

The Insect Shield technology used on Dog Armor Knockdown gear represents a very effective anti-insect tool and at the same time a responsible way of using insect repellents. The Insect Shield technology makes sure that insect protection is right where it is needed: around your dog. Dog Armor Knockdown products are capable of repelling and knocking down ticks, fleas and mosquitoes with only a small amount of long-lasting active ingredient. The permethrin concentration that we use on our Knockdown gear is only 0.52% w/w. By comparison, permethrin spot-on preparations for dogs are commonly offered in concentrations varying from 45 to 60%, and even up to 75%.

So, if you want to minimize the overall pesticide and repellent use on your dog and you are looking for a highly effective, safe, odorless and long lasting approach to insect pest control, the Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket is the right choice for you.

Using a Knockdown Blanket

When should I use a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket

The usage of your Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket depends entirely upon you. Basically your dog can always sleep on a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket because it’s a comfortable blanket and in many geographic areas there is a certain level of exposure to insects all year round. In other areas insect pests are only seasonal but even if it’s not tick or flea season the Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket will help protect your dog against annoying mosquitoes or flies. In short, you may use the Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket all year round or whenever you feel your dog is suffering from insect pests of any kind.

Where should I use a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket

You can use the Knockdown Blanket wherever you want to provide protection against insects. This can be outside to prevent ticks from crawling onto your dog while you are having a picnic in the park, but you can also use it indoors. If you come back from a walk and your dog usually takes a rest on your sofa, that’s where the Knockdown Blanket helps him to repel fleas or ticks that he picked up outside. Likewise you can put the Knockdown Blanket on his dog bed, if your dog does not have a Knockdown Bed. Also, if you take your dog out for a walk in the forest and you drive back home in your car, you can put the Knockdown Blanket in the back of the car where your dog is staying.

Caring for a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket

How should I wash my Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket

The Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket is made of high quality soft polyester brushed tricot and of course it may get dirty for example from muddy dog paws or normal skin secretions. Cleaning can be done by washing the Knockdown Blanket gently with soap (do not use bleach). Be sure to rinse out every bit of detergent to prevent irritation to your dog’s skin. Do not rinse your Knockdown Blanket in a pond, lake or river as the insecticide is toxic for aqueous life. Prevent scrubbing the Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket with a stiff brush or broom because that may remove the insecticide that is bound to the polyester. If you gently wash the Knockdown Blanket the insecticide will remain active for over 70 launderings. Never dry-clean the Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket as dry-cleaning removes some of the insecticide which reduces the insect repellent quality of the Knockdown Blanket.

How should I dry my Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket

Do not tumble dry your Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket. Let the Knockdown Blanket dry naturally and preferably in the shade as drying the Knockdown Blanket in the sun may reduce its life span. Luckily the knitted polyester fabric will air dry very quickly and your dog can go back to sleep on his Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket usually within 30 minutes after washing.

How long will my Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket last

The Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket is made of durable fabric and will last for several years. The anti-insect coating on the Knockdown Blanket will remain active for over 70 launderings if you follow the wash instructions.

How long is the warranty on my Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket

Your Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket is covered by a 1 year warranty (from the day you buy it) on any material or workmanship flaws.

Safety

Do I have to wash my hands after handling my Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket

The amount of permethrin that will stick to your hands after handling the Knockdown Blanket will be insignificant due to the very low concentration and because the permethrin is “glued” to the Knockdown Blanket fabric. In addition, the human skin breaks down permethrin within fifteen minutes of contact with skin. This is also the reason why permethrin is of no value to you as a personal protection insect repellent when applied to the skin. Therefore no significant skin effects are expected from handling permethrin-treated Knockdown Blankets. Nevertheless, from a hygiene point of view it is always advisable to wash your hands after handling the Knockdown Blanket.

Can permethrin cause skin irritation or sensitization

After four years of issuing permethrin impregnated uniforms the U.S. Marine Corps did not receive any reports of skin rash. Also, in a controlled human study, permethrin did not cause significant skin irritation or sensitization when tested on 200 subjects so it’s safe to say that even this health risk is highly unlikely.

Can a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket be used for cats

Dog Armor Knockdown gear is solely developed for dogs. This is not because we don’t love cats! It’s because cats have a unique physiology that makes them unable to break down certain toxic compounds. Permethrin, the active ingredient in our Knockdown gear which is such an effective anti-insect agent, is one of those compounds that is not tolerated by cats. High doses of permethrin can even cause severe adverse reactions in cats. Although the permethrin concentration in our Knockdown products is significantly lower than, for example, in concentrated spot-on products, Dog Armor Knockdown Blankets are not considered suitable for cats and we do not recommend using Dog Armor gear for cats.

Can a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket be used in households with dogs and cats living together

While permethrin is very well tolerated in dogs, in cats it is toxic and may cause severe adverse reactions. The presence of a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket in a household with cats by itself should not cause any harm to cats if the dog is the only user of the Knockdown Blanket. However, in case cat and dog share the same blanket it is not recommended to give your dog a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket.

My vet told me Permethrin is toxic for specific dog breeds. Is that true

Several dog breeds such as Collies, Australian Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs and Border Collies are susceptible to a genetic disorder called MDR1. Affected dogs, when treated with certain common veterinary drugs such as Ivermectin and Imodium, are unable to pump out these drugs from their brains resulting in poisoning and neurologic symptoms ranging from tremors, anorexia and excess salivation to blindness, coma and even death.

Some of these drugs such as Ivermectins, which vets prescribe extensively for the treatment of parasite infections, are able to cause toxicity at only 1/200th of the dose required to cause toxicity in healthy dogs.

There are many publications about the sensitivity of dogs with the MDR-1 gen defect for several different of active ingredients but so far none of them have reported permethrin or any other pyrethroids as a problem causing agent.

My vet recommended concentrated anti-flea and tick spot-on-products. How does the Knockdown Blanket perform in comparison

The Insect Shield technology used on Dog Armor Knockdown gear represents a responsible way of using insect repellents. The Insect Shield technology makes sure that insect protection is right where it is needed: around your dog. Dog Armor Knockdown products are capable of repelling ticks, fleas and mosquitoes with only a small amount of long-lasting active ingredient. The permethrin concentration that we use on our Knockdown gear is only 0.52% w/w.

By comparison, permethrin spot-on preparations for dogs are commonly offered in concentrations varying from 45 to 60%, and even up to 75%. These highly concentrated spot-on solutions have to be applied directly onto the dog’s skin. They spread in a thin layer over the dog and remain locked in the oil on the dog’s skin. This process takes roughly 24 hours. During that time the dog should not be shampooed or get wet. Until the spot-on dries dogs should be kept off the furniture and away from hardwood floors. Treated dogs should not be handled, especially by children until the application site is dry and, finally, treated dogs should not be allowed to sleep together with their owners, and especially not with children. The spot-on formula remains effective for just 28 days against fleas and only 2 weeks against ticks.

Fortunately Dog Armor Knockdown gear does not require these kinds of precautions. This is because the permethrin concentration on Dog Armor Knockdown gear is only 0.52% and because the permethrin of Dog Armor is bound tightly to the fabric fibers. This not only ensures an improved safety profile but also an efficacy for more than 70 launderings!

So compared to topical insect repellents such as spot-on, Dog Armor Knockdown gear can help reduce overall pesticide and repellent use.

Can the Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket be used in combination with other flea and tick concepts

There are some situations in which using two flea and tick approaches together may be more effective than only one. An example would be tick prevention in a heavily tick-infested area. Of course combining the Knockdown Blanket with the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat or Dog Knockdown Shirt is recommended in such case. Theoretically, also other products may be used – for instance a Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket in combination with topical product – especially if they have different mechanisms of action. Nevertheless, the Dog Armor Knockdown Blanket has not been tested for use together with other flea and tick control products than Dog Armor products, and no information on the safety and efficacy of using them together with other products is available.

If you can’t find an answer to your question please contact us.

Knockdown coat

What is a Dog Armor Knockdown coat?

The Dog Armor Knockdown Coat is a cooling lightweight and comfortable dog coat made of Optimum Protective Color polyester mesh fabric with a cooling black polyester mesh lining containing a long-lasting anti-insect coating that knocks down and kills ticks, fleas and other insects.

How does it work?

The anti-insect impregnation technology from Insect Shield that is used for the Knockdown Coat is based on a coating method with active ingredient permethrin. This method ensures that a strong bond is formed between the permethrin and the fabric of the coat. Permethrin is a nature-identical synthetic chemical widely used as an insecticide and insect repellent. In low doses it is not known to harm humans or dogs as it is poorly absorbed by the skin. The permethrin impregnation of Dog Armor Knockdown Coats is invisible, odorless, long-lasting and safe.

Only a minimum amount of permethrin is used in each Dog Armor Knockdown Coat, and it is bound tightly to the fabric fibers. Independent laboratory tests show that the permethrin remains in the Insect Shield coated apparel, even after 70 launderings. Similar to the dye in colorfast clothing, the Insect Shield active ingredient is designed to stay in the fabric.

What is Permethrin and why is Permethrin the chosen anti-insect agent?

Permethrin is a synthetic insect repellent. It belongs to the family of pyrethroids which are man-made compounds similar to the natural insect repellents produced by Chrysanthemum flowers (confusingly called pyrethrins). It is an odorless toxin that is used in veterinary spot-on formulations and topical applications for animals. It is also a prescribed treatment for humans with lice or scabies. In numerous studies permethrin has been found to repel and kill a wide variety of insects.

Permethrin is also the most commonly applied impregnant of textile products such as clothing and WHO recommended mosquito nets, because of its margin of safety, its effectiveness and its durability once applied.

Finally, permethrin is on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) List of Essential Medicines, a list of the most important medication needed in a basic health system for humans!

What is the mode of action of permethrin?

Permethrin is a contact and stomach poison effective against many insects, including fleas, ticks, mites, lice and mosquitoes. It is a neurotoxin and causes sensory hyper-excitability, incoordination and exhaustion of the insect, by binding to voltage-dependent sodium channels of nerve cells and extends their opening. Permethrin is selective to insects due to the different structure of the sodium channels. However, it is toxic to fish and in high dose for cats. Permethrin is hardly absorbed through the skin, rapidly metabolized by ester hydrolysis, conjugated and excreted renally.

Which parasite infestations will a Knockdown Coat help prevent?

A number of parasite pests can cause damage and irritation to dogs. These parasites include fleas and ticks as well as biting flies, sand flies and mosquitoes. They are not just a nuisance but they may carry diseases which pose a serious health hazard to people and animals.

Dog Armor Knockdown Coats target crawling as well as flying parasites. Ticks and fleas will be killed if they come in contact with the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat. So if you are walking your dog and you pass a tick or flea infested area, parasites will try to approach your dog and will be exposed to the permethrin, knocked down or killed. That makes the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat an extremely effective tool for the early prevention of ecto-parasite infestations. In addition the permethrin on the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat has a repelling ànd knockdown effect on flies, sand flies, mosquitoes and other flying insects including stinging insects such as wasps.

Can my dog’s Dog Armor Knockdown Coat help to reduce transmission of diseases?

Definitely. Ticks can transmit a large number of diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, encephalitis, tularemia, Q-fever, and Lyme disease. The longer the tick feeds on your dog’s blood, the greater the possibility of transmission of pathogenic organisms. The Dog Armor Knockdown Coat has a repelling and killing action. Repelling and killing ticks before and while they are attacking can significantly reduce the risk of transmission of diseases.

Fleas can also transmit diseases and the flea killing action of your Dog Armor Knockdown Coat will reduce the possibility of disease transmission by fleas.

Mosquitoes are well-know for transmitting heartworm. The Knockdown Coat will help preventing mosquitoes from biting your dog, as well as sand-flies and biting flies and because of that reduce transmission of diseases.

Why are Dog Armor Knockdown Coats only available in the Optimum Protective Color?

Light becomes visible to insects around the ultraviolet part of the color spectrum and ends at yellow light and that’s why many insects do not see red. Dog Armor has selected an Optimum Protective Color in the red spectrum for its Knockdown Coats which makes them virtually invisible to insects. This is why the insecticide impregnated Dog Armor Knockdown Coats are even more effective barriers preventing insects from biting your dog.

Is there any evidence that Knockdown Coats are effective?

Yes. Research results show that the permethrin impregnated fabrics are effective for insect control. Permethrin is applied to the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat along with a polymer binding substance that makes the insecticide available to repel and knock down insects. It will remain effective for a long period, thereby withstanding a large number of washings. Consequently it’s not necessary to re-apply the insecticide as is the case with pour-on/spot-on concentrates.

Why should I choose a Dog Armor Knockdown Coat?

The Insect Shield technology used on Dog Armor Knockdown gear represents a very effective anti-insect tool and at the same time a responsible way of using insect repellents. The Insect Shield technology makes sure that insect protection is right where it is needed: around your dog. Dog Armor Knockdown products are capable of repelling and knocking down ticks, fleas and mosquitoes with only a small amount of long-lasting active ingredient. The permethrin concentration that we use on our Knockdown gear is only 0.52% w/w. By comparison, permethrin spot-on preparations for dogs are commonly offered in concentrations varying from 45 to 60%, and even up to 75%.

So, if you want to minimize the overall pesticide and repellent use on your dog and you are looking for a highly effective, safe, odorless and long lasting approach to insect pest control, the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat is the right choice for you.

Comfort & Protection

Why is it important that Dog Armor Knockdown Coats are comfortable?

Getting the correct fit for your Dog Armor Knockdown Coat is important for both your dog’s comfort and to ensure maximum life from our dog coats. A well-fitted Knockdown Coat should not rub your dog’s withers or shoulders as he moves or runs, instead it should rests comfortably along his chest, shoulders and back.

How do I know what size of Dog Armor Knockdown Coat to use?

One of the most important aspects in selecting a suitable Knockdown Coat is “wearing comfort.” Getting the right Knockdown Coat size is essential for wearing comfort and will ensure maximum life from our dog coat.

You can easily determine the correct size Dog Armor Knockdown Coat by measuring your dog and pick from the Dog Armor broad selection of sizes. You can also try-out our Knockdown Coats for your dog at the nearest pet shop to make sure they fit.

You’ll find the Dog Armor Coat size chart in the sizing guide on this website.

Using Dog Armor

When should I use a Dog Armor Knockdown Coat?

The usage of your Dog Armor Knockdown Coats depends entirely upon you. Basically your dog can wear the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat every day of the week if you live in areas that experience insect pests all year round. In other areas, insect pests are only seasonal but even if it’s no tick or flea season the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat will help protect your dog against annoying mosquitoes or flies. In short, you may use the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat all year round or whenever you feel your dog may be suffering from insect pests of any kind.

Caring for a Dog Armor Knockdown Coat

How should I wash my Dog Armor Knockdown Coat?

The lightweight fabric of the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat is a high quality knitted polyester fabric which is resistant to stains and moulds. Of course there is always a chance that the coat will get dirty. If the Knockdown Coat is dirty but not stained, cleaning it with a wet towel may be all that’s needed. A more thorough cleaning can be done by washing the Knockdown Coat gently with soap in a bowl (do not use bleach). Be sure to rinse out every bit of detergent to prevent irritation to your dog’s skin. Do not rinse your Knockdown Coat in a pond, lake or river as the insecticide is toxic for aqueous life. Prevent scrubbing the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat with a stiff brush or broom because that may remove the insecticide that is bound to the polyester. If you gently wash the Knockdown Coat the insecticide will remain active for over 70 launderings. Never dry-clean the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat as dry-cleaning removes some of the insecticide which reduces the insect repellent quality of the Knockdown Coat.

How should I dry my Dog Armor Knockdown Coat?

Do not tumble dry your Dog Armor Knockdown Coat. Let the Knockdown Coat dry naturally and preferably in the shade as drying the Knockdown Coat in the sun may reduce its life span. Fortunately the polyester fabric of the coat will air dry very quickly and your dog can wear his Knockdown Coat again usually within 30 minutes after washing.

How long will my Dog Armor Knockdown Coat last?

The Dog Armor Knockdown Coat is made of durable knitted polyester fabric with polyester mesh lining and will last for several years. The insecticide on the Knockdown Coat will remain active for over 70 launderings if you follow the wash instructions.

How long is the warranty on my Dog Armor Knockdown Coat?

Your Dog Armor Knockdown Coat is covered by a 1 year warranty (from the day you buy it) on any material or workmanship flaws.

Safety

Do I have to wash my hands after handling my Dog Armor Knockdown Coat?

The amount of permethrin that will stick to your hands after handling the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat will be insignificant due to the fact that the concentration is minimal and it is bound to the Knockdown Coat fabric. In addition, the human skin breaks down permethrin within fifteen minutes of contact with skin. This is also the reason why permethrin is of no value to you as a personal protection insect repellent when applied to the skin. Therefore no significant skin effects are expected from handling your permethrin-treated Knockdown Coat. Nevertheless, from a hygiene point of view it is always advisable to wash your hands after handling the Knockdown Coat.

Can permethrin cause skin irritation or sensitization?

After four years of issuing permethrin impregnated uniforms the U.S. Marine Corps did not receive any reports of skin rash. Also, in a controlled human study, permethrin did not cause significant skin irritation or sensitization when tested on 200 subjects so it’s safe to say that even this health risk is highly unlikely.

Can a Knockdown Coat be used for cats?

Dog Armor Knockdown gear is solely developed for dogs. This is not because we don’t love cats! It’s because cats have a unique physiology that makes them unable to break down certain toxic compounds. Permethrin, the active ingredient in our Knockdown gear which is such an effective anti-insect agent, is one of those compounds that is not tolerated by cats. High doses of permethrin can even cause severe adverse reactions in cats. Although the permethrin concentration in our Knockdown products is significantly lower than, for example, in concentrated spot-on products, Dog Armor Knockdown Coats are not considered suitable for cats and we do not recommend using Dog Armor gear for cats.

Can a Dog Armor Knockdown Coat be used in households with dogs and cats living together?

While permethrin is very well tolerated in dogs, in cats it is toxic and may cause severe adverse reactions. The use of a Dog Armor Knockdown Coat in a household with cats by itself should not cause any harm to the cats if the dog is the only user of the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat.

My vet told me Permethrin is toxic for specific dog breeds. Is that true?

Several dog breeds such as Collies, Australian Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs and Border Collies are susceptible to a genetic disorder called MDR1. Affected dogs, when treated with certain common veterinary drugs such as Ivermectin and Imodium, are unable to pump out these drugs from their brains resulting in poisoning and neurologic symptoms ranging from tremors, anorexia and excess salivation to blindness, coma and even death.

Some of these drugs such as Ivermectins, which vets prescribe extensively for the treatment of parasite infections, are able to cause toxicity at only 1/200th of the dose required to cause toxicity in healthy dogs.

There are many publications about the sensitivity of dogs with the MDR-1 gen defect for several different of active ingredients but so far none of them have reported permethrin or any other pyrethroids as a problem causing agent.

My vet recommended concentrated anti-flea and tick spot-on-products. How does the Knockdown Coat perform in comparison?

The Insect Shield technology used on Dog Armor Knockdown gear represents a responsible way of using insect repellents. The Insect Shield technology makes sure that insect protection is right where it is needed: around your dog. Dog Armor Knockdown products are capable of repelling ticks, fleas and mosquitoes with only a small amount of long-lasting active ingredient. The permethrin concentration that we use on our Knockdown gear is only 0.52% w/w.

By comparison, permethrin spot-on preparations for dogs are commonly offered in concentrations varying from 45 to 60%, and even up to 75%. These highly concentrated spot-on solutions have to be applied directly onto the dog’s skin. They spread in a thin layer over the dog and remain locked in the oil on the dog’s skin. This process takes roughly 24 hours. During that time the dog should not be shampooed or get wet. Until the spot-on dries dogs should be kept off the furniture and away from hardwood floors. Treated dogs should not be handled, especially by children until the application site is dry and, finally, treated dogs should not be allowed to sleep together with their owners, and especially not with children. The spot-on formula remains effective for just 28 days against fleas and only 2 weeks against ticks.

Fortunately Dog Armor Knockdown gear does not require these kinds of precautions. This is because the permethrin concentration on Dog Armor Knockdown gear is only 0.52% and because the permethrin of Dog Armor is bound tightly to the fabric fibers. This not only ensures an improved safety profile but also an efficacy for more than 70 launderings!

So compared to topical insect repellents such as spot-on, Dog Armor Knockdown gear can help reduce overall pesticide and repellent use.

Can the Dog Armor Knockdown Coat be used in combination with other flea and tick concepts?

There are some situations in which using two flea and tick approaches together may be more effective than only one. An example would be tick prevention in a heavily tick-infested area.

Of course combining the Knockdown Coat with the Knockdown Bed or Knockdown Blanket is recommended in such case. In theory also other products may be used – for instance a Knockdown Coat in combination with topical product – especially if these products are administered differently and have different mechanisms of action. Nevertheless, the Knockdown Coat has not been tested for use together with other flea and tick control products than Dog Armor products, and no information on the safety and efficacy of using them together with other products is available.

If you can’t find an answer to your question please contact us.

Knockdown Shirt

What is a Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt?

The Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt is a cooling ultra lightweight and comfortable dog shirt made of Optimum Protective Color polyester mesh fabric containing a long-lasting anti-insect coating that knocks down and kills ticks, fleas and other insects.

How does it work?

The anti-insect impregnation technology from Insect Shield that is used for the Knockdown Shirt is based on a coating method with active ingredient permethrin. This method ensures that a strong bond is formed between the permethrin and the fabric of the shirt. Permethrin is a nature-identical synthetic chemical widely used as an insecticide and insect repellent. In low doses it is not known to harm humans or dogs as it is poorly absorbed by the skin. The permethrin impregnation of Dog Armor Knockdown Shirts is invisible, odorless, long-lasting and safe.

Only a minimum amount of permethrin is used in each Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt, and it is bound tightly to the fabric fibers. Independent laboratory tests show that the permethrin remains in the Insect Shield coated apparel, even after 70 launderings. Similar to the dye in colorfast clothing, the Insect Shield active ingredient is designed to stay in the fabric.

Which parasite infestations will a Knockdown Shirt help prevent?

A number of parasite pests can cause damage and irritation to dogs. These parasites include fleas and ticks as well as biting flies, sand flies and mosquitoes. They are not just a nuisance but they may carry diseases which pose a serious health hazard to people and animals.

Dog Armor Knockdown Shirts target crawling as well as flying parasites. Ticks and fleas will be killed if they come in contact with the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt. So if you are walking your dog and you pass a tick or flea infested area, parasites will try to approach your dog and will be exposed to the permethrin, knocked down or killed. That makes the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt an extremely effective tool for the early prevention of ecto-parasite infestations. In addition the permethrin on the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt has a repelling ànd knockdown effect on flies, sand flies, mosquitoes and other flying insects including stinging insects such as wasps.

Can my dog’s Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt help to reduce transmission of diseases

Definitely. Ticks can transmit a large number of diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, encephalitis, tularemia, Q-fever, and Lyme disease. The longer the tick feeds on your dog’s blood, the greater the possibility of transmission of pathogenic organisms. The Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt has a repelling and killing action. Repelling and killing ticks before and while they are attacking can significantly reduce the risk of transmission of diseases.

Fleas can also transmit diseases and the flea killing action of your Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt will reduce the possibility of disease transmission by fleas.

Mosquitoes are well-know for transmitting heartworm. The Knockdown Shirt will help preventing mosquitoes from biting your dog, as well as sand-flies and biting flies and because of that reduce transmition of diseases.

Why are Dog Armor Knockdown Shirts only available in the Optimum Protective Color?

Light becomes visible to insects around the ultraviolet part of the color spectrum and ends at yellow light and that’s why many insects do not see red. Dog Armor has selected an Optimum Protective Color in the red spectrum for its Knockdown Shirts which makes them virtually invisible to insects. This is why the insecticide impregnated Dog Armor Knockdown Shirts are even more effective barriers preventing insects from biting your dog.

Is there any evidence that Knockdown Shirts are effective?

Yes. Research results show that the permethrin impregnated fabrics are effective for insect control. Permethrin is applied to the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt along with a polymer binding substance that makes the insecticide available to repel and knock down insects. It will remain effective for a long period, thereby withstanding a large number of washings. Consequently it’s not necessary to re-apply the insecticide as is the case with pour-on/spot-on concentrates.

Why should I choose a Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt?

The Insect Shield technology used on Dog Armor Knockdown gear represents a very effective anti-insect tool and at the same time a responsible way of using insect repellents. The Insect Shield technology makes sure that insect protection is right where it is needed: around your dog. Dog Armor Knockdown products are capable of repelling and knocking down ticks, fleas and mosquitoes with only a small amount of long-lasting active ingredient. The permethrin concentration that we use on our Knockdown gear is only 0.52% w/w. By comparison, permethrin spot-on preparations for dogs are commonly offered in concentrations varying from 45 to 60%, and even up to 75%.

So, if you want to minimize the overall pesticide and repellent use on your dog and you are looking for a highly effective, safe, odorless and long lasting approach to insect pest control, the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt is the right choice for you.

Comfort & Protection

Why is it important that Dog Armor Knockdown Shirts are comfortable?

Getting the correct fit for your Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt is important for both your dog’s comfort and to ensure maximum life from our dog shirts. A well-fitted Knockdown Shirt should not rub your dog’s withers or shoulders as he moves or runs, instead it should rests comfortably along his chest, shoulders and back.

How do I know what size of Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt to use?

One of the most important aspects in selecting a suitable Knockdown Shirt is “wearing comfort.” Getting the right Knockdown Shirt size is essential for wearing comfort and will ensure maximum life from our dog shirt.

You can easily determine the correct size Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt by measuring your dog and pick from the Dog Armor broad selection of sizes. You can also try-out our Knockdown Shirts for your dog at the nearest pet shop to make sure they fit.

You’ll find the Knockdown shirt size chart in the sizing guide on this website.

Using Dog Armor

When should I use a Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt?

The usage of your Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt depends entirely upon you. Basically your dog can wear the Knockdown Shirt every day of the week if you live in areas that experience insect pests all year round. In other areas, insect pests are only seasonal but even if it’s no tick or flea season the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt will help protect your dog against annoying mosquitoes or flies. In short, you may use the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt all year round or whenever you feel your dog may be suffering from insect pests of any kind.

Caring for a Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt

How should I wash my Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt?

The lightweight fabric of the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt is a high quality knitted polyester fabric which is resistant to stains and moulds. Of course there is always a chance that the shirt will get dirty. If the Knockdown Shirt is dirty but not stained, cleaning it with a wet towel may be all that’s needed. A more thorough cleaning can be done by washing the Knockdown Shirt gently with soap in a bowl (do not use bleach). Be sure to rinse out every bit of detergent to prevent irritation to your dog’s skin. Do not rinse your Knockdown Shirt in a pond, lake or river as the insecticide is toxic for aqueous life. Prevent scrubbing the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt with a stiff brush or broom because that may remove the insecticide that is bound to the polyester. If you gently wash the Knockdown Shirt the insecticide will remain active for over 70 launderings. Never dry-clean the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt as dry-cleaning removes some of the insecticide which reduces the insect repellent quality of the Knockdown Shirt.

How should I dry my Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt?

Do not tumble dry your Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt. Let the Knockdown Shirt dry naturally and preferably in the shade as drying the Knockdown Shirt in the sun may reduce its life span. Fortunately the polyester fabric of the shirt will air dry very quickly and your dog can wear his Knockdown Shirt again usually within 30 minutes after washing.

How long will my Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt last?

The Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt is made of durable knitted polyester fabric and may last for several years. The insecticide on the Knockdown Shirt will remain active for over 70 launderings if you follow the wash instructions.

How long is the warranty on my Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt?

Your Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt is covered by a 1 year warranty (from the day you buy it) on any material or workmanship flaws.

Safety

Do I have to wash my hands after handling my Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt?

The amount of permethrin that will stick to your hands after handling the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt will be insignificant due to the fact that the concentration is minimal and it is bound to the Knockdown Shirt fabric. In addition, the human skin breaks down permethrin within fifteen minutes of contact with skin. This is also the reason why permethrin is of no value to you as a personal protection insect repellent when applied to the skin. Therefore no significant skin effects are expected from handling your permethrin-treated Knockdown Shirt. Nevertheless, from a hygiene point of view it is always advisable to wash your hands after handling the Knockdown Shirt.

Can permethrin cause skin irritation or sensitization?

After four years of issuing permethrin impregnated uniforms the U.S. Marine Corps did not receive any reports of skin rash. Also, in a controlled human study, permethrin did not cause significant skin irritation or sensitization when tested on 200 subjects so it’s safe to say that even this health risk is highly unlikely.

Can a Knockdown Shirt be used for cats?

Dog Armor Knockdown gear is solely developed for dogs. This is not because we don’t love cats! It’s because cats have a unique physiology that makes them unable to break down certain toxic compounds. Permethrin, the active ingredient in our Knockdown gear which is such an effective anti-insect agent, is one of those compounds that is not tolerated by cats. High doses of permethrin can even cause severe adverse reactions in cats. Although the permethrin concentration in our Knockdown products is significantly lower than, for example, in concentrated spot-on products, Dog Armor Knockdown Shirts are not considered suitable for cats and we do not recommend using Dog Armor gear for cats.

Can a Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt be used in households with dogs and cats living together?

While permethrin is very well tolerated in dogs, in cats it is toxic and may cause severe adverse reactions. The use of a Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt in a household with cats by itself should not cause any harm to the cats if the dog is the only user of the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt.

My vet told me Permethrin is toxic for specific dog breeds. Is that true?

Several dog breeds such as Collies, Australian Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs and Border Collies are susceptible to a genetic disorder called MDR1. Affected dogs, when treated with certain common veterinary drugs such as Ivermectin and Imodium, are unable to pump out these drugs from their brains resulting in poisoning and neurologic symptoms ranging from tremors, anorexia and excess salivation to blindness, coma and even death.

Some of these drugs such as Ivermectins, which vets prescribe extensively for the treatment of parasite infections, are able to cause toxicity at only 1/200th of the dose required to cause toxicity in healthy dogs.

There are many publications about the sensitivity of dogs with the MDR-1 gen defect for several different of active ingredients but so far none of them have reported permethrin or any other pyrethroids as a problem causing agent.

My vet recommended concentrated anti-flea and tick spot-on-products. How does the Knockdown Shirt perform in comparison?

The Insect Shield technology used on Dog Armor Knockdown gear represents a responsible way of using insect repellents. The Insect Shield technology makes sure that insect protection is right where it is needed: around your dog. Dog Armor Knockdown products are capable of repelling ticks, fleas and mosquitoes with only a small amount of long-lasting active ingredient. The permethrin concentration that we use on our Knockdown gear is only 0.52% w/w.

By comparison, permethrin spot-on preparations for dogs are commonly offered in concentrations varying from 45 to 60%, and even up to 75%. These highly concentrated spot-on solutions have to be applied directly onto the dog’s skin. They spread in a thin layer over the dog and remain locked in the oil on the dog’s skin. This process takes roughly 24 hours. During that time the dog should not be shampooed or get wet. Until the spot-on dries dogs should be kept off the furniture and away from hardwood floors. Treated dogs should not be handled, especially by children until the application site is dry and, finally, treated dogs should not be allowed to sleep together with their owners, and especially not with children. The spot-on formula remains effective for just 28 days against fleas and only 2 weeks against ticks.

Fortunately Dog Armor Knockdown gear does not require these kinds of precautions. This is because the permethrin concentration on Dog Armor Knockdown gear is only 0.52% and because the permethrin of Dog Armor is bound tightly to the fabric fibers. This not only ensures an improved safety profile but also an efficacy for more than 70 launderings!

So compared to topical insect repellents such as spot-on, Dog Armor Knockdown gear can help reduce overall pesticide and repellent use.

Can the Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt be used in combination with other flea and tick concepts?

There are some situations in which using two flea and tick approaches together may be more effective than only one. An example would be tick prevention in a heavily tick-infested area.
Of course combining the Knockdown Shirt with the Dog Armor Knockdown Bed or Blanket is recommended in such case. In theory also other products may be used – for instance a Dog Armor Knockdown Shirt in combination with topical product – especially if these products are administered differently and have different mechanisms of action. Nevertheless, the Knockdown Shirt has not been tested for use together with other flea and tick control products than Dog Armor products, and no information on the safety and efficacy of using them together with other products is available.

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Swaddle Wrap

What is a Swaddle Wrap?

The Swaddle wrap is a pressure wrap for dogs that makes use of 4-way stretch elastic fabric and velcro to create a tight-fitting garment that is worn during stressful events. The fabric is breathable and the low thermo-conductivity of the fabric keeps your dog cool in summer and warm in winter.

How does the Swaddle Wrap work?

When fitted properly, the Swaddle Wrap creates distributed pressure over the chest, sides, and back of the body that has a calming effect. Being wrapped gives the dog a feeling of safety and comfort and restores the dogs’ self-assurance. After a short training period your dog will feel this relaxed state also during stressful situations and be able to handle them much easier.

Should I train my dog for wearing the Swaddle Wrap?

Yes, we recommend a short training period in order to obtain the greatest benefit from the Swaddle Wrap. Make sure that you introduce the Swaddle Wrap when your dog is in a calm state because the dog needs to associate the Swaddle Wrap with a relaxed mood. This means that you must bring him to that calm state first and then introduce the Swaddle Wrap leaving it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Repeat this process a few times over a couple of days before using it for an actual stressful event. If you introduce the Swaddle Wrap when your dog is already at an elevated anxiety level, then his mental state will overrule the calming effect of the Swaddle Wrap.

Is there any evidence that a Swaddle Wrap is effective?

Yes. Several resources have researched the issue on how pressure soothes. The effects of pressure therapies have been studied extensively in humans and other mammals. When fitted properly, a pressure wrap creates distributed pressure over the chest, sides, and back of the body that has a calming effect. The wrap stimulates the body’s receptors to help in transmitting different sensations to different parts of the brain. When the animal receives this new information, its awareness & focus can change, resulting in the animal “letting go” of the old sensation of fearfulness and modifying its behavior. Being wrapped gives the dog a feeling of safety and comfort. Soon after putting on the wrap, the dog will settle down and relax. Many dogs will lie down and weather storms with little to no further symptoms of noise anxiety.

Why should I choose a Swaddle Wrap?

The Swaddle Wrap is a wrap in the true sense of the word. It uses a two-way wrap around the dog’s body for optimum pressurizing effect. The Swaddle wrap is made of a 90% cotton 10% Spandex mix. The hypoallergenic fabric is exceedingly breathable and the low thermo-conductivity of the fabric keeps dogs cool in summer and warm in winter. In addition it is hypoallergenic.

Comfort

Why is it important that the Swaddle Wrap fits well?

Getting the correct fit for your Swaddle Wrap is important for both your dog’s comfort and for the optimum pressurizing effect. Wrap should snuggly fit the entire body and should not be strapped too tightly to avoid any restriction in breathing or movement. The Swaddle Wrap should not cause any nuisance, irritations or shafting.

How do I know what size of Swaddle Wrap to use?

One of the most important aspects in selecting a suitable Swaddle Wrap is a “proper fit.” Getting the right Wrap size is essential for wearing comfort and for the optimum pressurizing effect. A well-fitted Swaddle Wrap should snuggly fit the entire body and should not be strapped too tightly to avoid any restriction in breathing or movement.

You can easily determine the correct size Swaddle Wrap by measuring your dog and pick from the Dog Armor broad selection of sizes. You can also try-out the Swaddle Wrap at the nearest pet shop to make sure it fits.

You’ll find the Dog Armor Swaddle Wrap size chart and fitting instructions in the sizing guide on this website.

Using your Swaddle Wrap

When should I use the Swaddle Wrap?

The usage of your Swaddle Wrap depends entirely upon you. Stressful situations in which wearing a Swaddle Wrap may be helpful include fireworks, thunderstorms, separation, traveling, excessive barking and hyperactivity.

When fitted properly, the Swaddle Wrap creates distributed pressure over the chest, sides, and back of the body that has a calming effect. Being wrapped gives the dog a feeling of safety and comfort and restores the dogs’ self-assurance. After a short training period your dog will feel this relaxed state also during stressful situations and be able to handle them much easier.

Caring for your Swaddle Wrap

How should I wash my Swaddle Wrap?

The Dog Armor Swaddle Wrap is made of high quality cotton fabric reinforced with Spandex. Of course there is always a chance that it will get dirty. If the Swaddle Wrap gets dirty but it can be laundered with soap at a low temperatures. Be sure to rinse out every bit of detergent to prevent irritation to your dog’s skin.

How should I dry my Swaddle Wrap?

You can air dry your Dog Armor Swaddle Wrap or tumble dry in the washing machine. In order to prolong the life-span of the Swaddle Wrap, air drying is the preferred drying method.

How long will my Swaddle Wrap last?

The Dog Armor Swaddle Wrap is made of durable cotton fabric reinforced with Spandex and will last for several years. It’s best to replace the Swaddle Wrap when the stretching action of the spandex is weakened.

How long is the warranty on my Swaddle Wrap?

Your Dog Armor Swaddle Wrap is covered by a 1 year warranty (from the day you buy it) on any material or workmanship flaws.

Safety

How long can my dog wear the Swaddle Wrap?

There are certain situations in which it would be helpful that your dog wears the Swaddle Wrap for a lengthened period of time. An example is if your dog has separation anxiety and you have to go to work. In principle the Swaddle Wrap is designed in such a way that your dog can keep it on for a prolonged period of time. The hypoallergenic fabric of the Swaddle Wrap is breathable and the low thermo-conductivity of the fabric keeps your dog cool in summer and warm in winter so you don’t have to worry about overheating or under cooling. If you would like your dog to wear its Swaddle Wrap for a prolonged period we recommend that you first leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and check for any shafting or irritations. Repeat this process regularly during the day until you are certain the Swaddle Wrap does not cause any nuisance, irritations or shafting.

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