Help! Dawn dish soap for fleas?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Worked pretty well on my dog (German Shepherd) and my mom’s (beagle). We used the blue version of Dawn. I never noticed them heading toward the dogs’s noses but if that’s a fear, start at the neck and work your way backwards.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

@Esperanzy:  we did this with a dog we were fostering.  Use the original blue Dawn and lather well, then rinse.  I don’t know that we kept it on for 5 minutes, but it was definitely a few.  You’ll see the fleas move toward the head area when you rinse, but just try to pick them off.  I don’t remember our dog having any around the nose, but the bath is pretty effective, so it should kill most of them.  

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

@Esperanzy:  we didn’t wash the head, and the dog had been on prescription and topical meds for a week by the time we bathed him, so there weren’t really many fleas to kill.  I think the Dawn will definitely kill the tail fleas when you lather that part, but you may still have to just be vigilant about getting the head fleas manually.  if you’re using the topical mess thougha those should still be cutting down on the number of fleas.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This works great. We had to use it when we rescued a kitten too young for conventional treatments but she was covered in fleas. The way this works is it suffocates the fleas and it makes it hard for them to move.  You have to use a lot of it though. What we would do is pick the fleas off by hand while the dawn was making them immobile. We also got a lice pick and used it too that will help a lot on the cat. Anyway this will not stop fleas it will only get rid of the ones on your pet and not all of them yes they may try to get to your dog or cats head so just be ready to pick them off. It’s gross but it’s the only way. Also you will need to do this regularly bc as I said it is not a solution it only gets the current fleas. You will need to make sure your house is flea free which is I’m sorry almost impossible without chemicals but vacuum daily and wash all soft materials that will help. Also once you’ve dawn washed your pets put lemon juice on them. Pure lemon juice. They won’t like it and it likely stings the flea bites a little but soak them with it lemon repels fleas. This routine will keep the fleas under control until flea season ends….. but it won’t completely get rid of them. Don’t be offended but frontline and other treatments work very well for healthy pets and are not harmful to them fleas can be much worse. I’ve seen pets die from flea infestation but not from flea treatment. 

Edit do not wet your pet down before applying dawn dilluted dawn will not have the immobilizing effects. For fleas on the head get tweezers and start plucking

 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Esperanzy:  I tried Dawn on my cats who had fleas when I adopted them.

It slowed then down, but they were DEFINITELY not dead! After 3 washes, we gave up and just bought Frontline. It only took one treatment per cat, and they never got fleas again!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

OK for dogs but not for cats. Their skin is far more delicate and Dawn dries it out  horribly. I have ten cats inside and one of them goes in and out regularly. We use flea-eating nematoes outside and I just got done with my yearly application of IgR (insect-groth regulator) inside. Not a single flea on any of the cats this year and everyone else has been complaining about how bad the fleas are. FOOD grade diatomous Earth works very well but make absolutely certain it is FOOD GRADE. You will also need to treat your house. Treating the cat without treating the house means you will get fleas again.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I wonder, if the Dawn is simply acting to smother the fleas, if you’d get the same effect with a shampoo that won’t totally wreck the dog/cat’s skin? Dawn is a really harsh detergent. Desperate time call for desperate measures, of course! But, if yo’re willing to try it twice if needed, maybe starting with something gentler would be best. Dogs and cats both have very delicate skin balances.

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