Dawn Dishsoap For Fleas

How do I use Dawn on fleas?

By Barbra from Calistoga, CA

November 7, 20101 found this helpful

I use Dawn when there are lots of fleas on cats and puppies and they need lots of grease and stuff removed from their coat. Usually for a life threatening infestation, I just smear a circle around their neck, since the bugs will crawl into their ears and eyes, if you don't trap them this way. Then I wet them and lather them up really good and then let them walk around the bathroom for about maybe 6 or so minutes. Then I rinse them off.

However, I have bought a bottle of tea tree oil at Walgreen's, and I am sending a link on how to use it for dogs. I would probably both make the spray and put some drops into the shampoo.


Here is the lice and Dawn remedy for human lice, and I am sure it would work on a dog also, maybe use a little less than six ounces of Dawn for a dog.

6 oz of Dawn dish detergent

2 oz white vinegar

Two tablespoons tea tree oil

...Mix these together:

Put on hair ten minutes

Comb through with metal lice comb

Rinse and condition

Maintain the effect by putting 15 drops of tea tree oil into any shampoo, and washing hair two times a week with it.

Tea tree oil must never be used straight on the skin and is toxic to cats.

I would probably get a bottle of whatever kind of shampoo you are going to use on the dog, and put those drops into there for use on the dog every time you bathe him.



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December 6, 20150 found this helpful

I does knoe dat dis DAWN shampoo is good for lise and most bugs on my kids and my dog. I give my kids a DAWN bath at least every Saturdays. My dog he get a bath 2 time a week. It do a good job on both.

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January 10, 20110 found this helpful

Well, Hells Bells, I use it to rid my dogs of fleas and tick, foamy bottle I use as shaving cream, it a great body wash, pre-wash on the the hair before the expensive shampoo and it take only one squirt into the dishwasher soap pan to give me great clean spotless dishes. What's the downside to this soap, it saves birds and that makes it good enough for me, (cry,cry) -sorry.

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August 9, 20110 found this helpful

You guys are the ones that they are talking about at the Veterinary conventions. NO Dawn and NO baby shampoos on dogs, ever! It is awful for their skin. Use a non-detergent, non-degreasing, gentle dog shampoo. Any shampoo left on the dog long enough, will kill the fleas currently on the animal.

The flea medications provided by veterinarians have all been retested in Tampa, FL. They all work when applied properly and consistently to every animal on the premises. Use year round. Fleas can live in "a cocoon" stage for up to 7 months. The U.S. doesn't have a 7 month freeze to kill these insects.

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July 8, 20160 found this helpful

Well, when you have 6 beautiful babies(dogs).. all vets are worried about is money not dogs. I get $140.00 a month that's all. After I pay light bill, there is 2.00 left.y I u see, I don't have the money to buy expensive flea treatments. I love my babies. I don't see anybody thinking of lending a helping hand, giving coupons for free comfortis, front line, you know I try giving them a bath every so often. But I need help in between baths, something that's going to workk

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July 24, 20161 found this helpful


I have had a yorkie puppy for all of two weeks and trust me I know how tight money can be these days. Anyways age came with a one fleas so I have a toddler and that was not going to work I decided to just try using some dawn and a small amount of baby bath amazingly it works. Later that night as she got her brushing I was brushing dead fleas off I immediately took her and washed the off of her with dawn again just to remove the dead and she was just fine. Dawn really did the job!

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August 31, 20113 found this helpful

Hi Hey You,

I found this post while looking for instructions on how to use dawn on your dog to kill fleas. I called my vet about a sudden onset of fleas, late in the year, and he advised me to try dawn.

I have found very mixed results about whether to use it or not, but being as my vet recommended it, I feel that it is probably safe, if used in a pinch and not really often (no more than once every 2 months since it will strip the oils that dogs need on their skin).

What got my attention in your post was how you said to never use baby shampoo on your pet. I own a pug who is very prone to hot spots and dry skin. I tried about a dozen different pet shampoos that advertised they were good for dry skin and hot spots, and my poor buddy got no relief.

I asked my vet and he suggested to try baby shampoo. I invested in a bottle of Johnson's baby shampoo for hair and body, and it has been a life saver. He no longer has the dry, flaky skin, and hasn't had a hot spot in over a year now.

I bathe him with it about once a month, and not only does it cure the dry skin, but it also gives him a soft, healthy looking coat, and keeps him smelling nice almost all month. It has been an absolute lifesaver for me and my little man.

I am not sure why your vet, or the vets at these conventions, say that you should not use it, because mine did tell me to, and it is great. I'll never use a different shampoo on him. I guess vets are just like doctors; none of them agree on everything.

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February 18, 20160 found this helpful

Not good Johnson's baby shampoo is the worst for you and your dogs health google it.

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March 15, 20160 found this helpful

The theory about not using human shampoo on pets is that cats and dogs have a different ph from humans and often times human shampoos are too strong for pet ph level tolerances.

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July 7, 20160 found this helpful

They want you to spend money you don't t have. I have limited income less than &140.00 month, no lie, back child support, I am not able to work anymore and I waiting on disability. Calling a vet., A doctor, or anyone that are intelligent enough to help, they want money, they are not interested in helping, all we want is our babies to be well. I love my dogs, they are my kids and they are in missed. I can't give them a bath every week, they are 6 months old and weigh 60 lbs each and they didn't weigh probably 1 to 2 lbs. when they were born.. I remembered growing up caring to professional was live in one hand and caring in the other than money was not mentioned. What happened to everyone, when a handshake was all you needed. bad things happens to everyone, and when my family had troubles everyone was there doing there part. But I feel sorry for those that think money is that important, because you can't take it with you when you go, so all you will have is just yourself, just you, I , and myself. Even though there is 3 of you there with you you are still alone but a friend is something special appreciate them it could be your pet or pets!!!!!!!!!¡

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