The Dog Armor Knockdown bed is a comfortable dog bed with a polystyrene beads filling which has a cover that is coated with an anti-insect substance (permethrin) that knocks down and repels ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and other insects.
The Insect Shield anti-insect coating used on the Dog Armor Knockdown bed is a revolutionary insecticidal compound designed to provide long-lasting, effective, safe
and convenient personal insect protection. It combines a patent-pending impregnation process with a proprietary combination of the anti-insect substance (permethrin) and a binding substance resulting in effective, odorless insect protection that lasts the expected lifetime of the impregnated product.
So how to test if the Insect Shield anti-insect coating really works? The efficacy of the anti-insect coating can be assessed under laboratory conditions by knockdown testing. Knockdown testing is a widely accepted scientific laboratory method for determining the efficacy of anti-insect coated textile products. The knockdown test is the only scientific method to show effectiveness through long-term washings. Many recognized agencies utilize knockdown testing for this purpose, including the World Health Organization (WHO). One of the advantages of the test is that no animal subjects are exposed to insects.
How does the knockdown test work? For the knockdown test, an anti-insect impregnated textile sample is placed in an enclosed space containing insects for a specified time period, after which the sample is removed and the effect on the insects is documented and knockdown rates are recorded. The test results below illustrate the superior effectiveness of the Insect Shield technology.
The Insect Shield anti-insect substance will knock down ticks and fleas whenever they come in contact with the Knockdown bed. So if ticks or fleas have latched on to your dog after a walk outside and the dog will take a rest on its Dog Armor Knockdown bed, the fleas and ticks will be exposed to the anti-insect substance and knocked down. That makes the Dog Armor Knockdown bed an extremely effective tool for the early prevention of tick and flea infestations.
Key features Dog Armor Knockdown bed:
- Long-lasting insecticide coating that knocks down insects and lasts up to 70 launderings
- Outer cover with zipper closing for easy removal of inner bag and laundering
- Inner mesh bag contains filling for easy removal out of outer cover
- Filling consists of top quality virgin polystyrene beads for optimum comfort
- Zipper in inner mesh bags allows refilling of beads if necessary
- Available in wide variety of colors
Outer cover fabric
The fabric of the Dog Armor Knockdown bed cover is knitted of high quality polyester yarns. The outer cover is detachable from the inner cover and filling by a zipper for easy cleaning, washing or maintenance.
The inner cover is designed to hold the filling of the Dog Armor Knockdown bed. It is made of a lightweight mesh fabric and closeable with a zipper. It allows you to easily take out the Knockdown bed filling if you wish to wash the outer cover.
Dogs like to nest in something soft, just like people do. Dog Armor Knockdown beds are soft and flexible enough to let your dog “carve out” his own snuggle space in the polyester cover material stuffed with top quality virgin polystyrene beads, while the bed molds around your dog for a comfortable, secure fit.
Polystyrene, also know as styrofoam, is a thermoplastic material that is solid at room temperature, turns to liquid when heated, and becomes glass-like when frozen. Dog Armor Knockdown beds are bean bag type of dog beds which were made with real beans once but now rely on polystyrene beads for their filling. The polystyrene beads give the Dog Armor Knockdown beds their shifty, squishy resilience while making them super comfortable for your dog to lie down on.
The virgin polystyrene beads in the Dog Armor Knockdown bed are perfectly round, smooth pellets about 3 mm in size that shift easily around each other because they are of similar size. They also keep their shape better and longer than reground beads, preventing the dog bed from flattening prematurely. Reground polystyrene beads are not pre-used but come from large blocks of polystyrene (styrofoam) that are broken down to beads. Reground beads tend to stick together, preventing them from shifting as easily around each other. Reground polystyrene beads usually have a shorter shelf life.
IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION: While permethrin is very well tolerated in dogs, in cats it is toxic and may cause severe adverse reactions. Although the permethrin concentration on the Dog Armor Knockdown products is significantly lower than in the concentrated spot-on products, Dog Armor gear and apparel is not considered suitable for cats. For more information, contact your veterinarian.