Many pet owners use or consider using Dawn dishsoap as an inexpensive shampoo for fleas. This is a guide about using Dawn dish soap for fleas.
Our kittens had fleas. There were only 10 weeks old and the spray I had was for 12 weeks and older so I knew I couldn't use it on them. I called the veterinarian near us and they said to use Dawn dish soap to bathe them in. I had 2 small wash tubs. One filled with Dawn and warm water and the other warm water to rinse them in. They didn't seem to mind it at all. Then I went over there bodies with a soft brush to get the feces from the fleas and the dried blood by their ears washed off. The kittens are white so it was easy to see the fleas. I tried to pick the dead fleas off their skin. Then I patted them with a towel. This worked very well. The fleas seems to die instantly.
Source: My local vet.
By little suzy from Millbury, OH
Why buy expensive dog shampoos at PetSmart to bathe your dog? My vet suggested I use any baby shampoo, so now I buy $1.00 generic baby shampoos at the Dollar Store and I have a dog that smells as good as a freshly bathed baby for a fraction of the cost.
By cipi2000 from Miami, FL
By Barbra from Calistoga, CA
August 31, 2011
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.
I found it easiest to put 1/4 cup of original blue Dawn and fill the kitchen sink. Do the forehead, under the chin, and cheeks first. Try your best not to get it in the eyes, nose, mouth or ears.
By Justin F. 1
Just thought I'd share this here. During a summer camp hosted by a college, one of the science professors shared a cool lesson with us. They showed us how to create a safe wasp killer. As you know, commercial wasp killer are so poisonous.
He diluted about two tablespoons of Dawn dish soap in a cleaner bottle full of water, shook it, and then we waited for the bubbles to clear. He sprayed it on some wasps, and slowly they died. Other soaps worked, but not quite like Dawn. He said the Dawn creates a very strong film which coats the simple breathing holes of insects and they then, unless there's a source of warm running water, die of suffocation.
Perhaps this is why Dawn makes an effective flea bath. It's not the water rinsing them away, it's the Dawn suffocating them. Fleas are an insect.
By debra 1
Can I use Dawn dish soap on my cat? He is an 8 year old tuxedo.
By Debra from Parmus, NJ
January 22, 2011
I'm certain this would be perfectly safe. During the oil crisis in the Gulf, the original blue Dawn was used to clean all the poor animals that were full of the sludge water. Our vet for our shih tzu recommended the original Dawn to bathe her in. She was allergic to all the flea/tic removal products. It worked out very well.
I have Dawn Ultra. It is not the normal Dawn so I'm worried if what they added to the Ultra Dawn is unsafe for cats.
By Maya W.
September 18, 2015
Dawn or Joy necessary or any non-detergent dish soap? Palmolive is great for our hands, so? Putting dishwashing liquid in watering water works great for plants...even in yard.
Can I use normal dishwashing detergent to get rid of the fleas on my kitten instead of using Dawn detergent?
February 7, 2015
Your detergent will get some fleas. Dawn will get them all.
Can I use Dawn dish soap to get rid of fleas on my dog?
June 20, 2011
Mix a little vinegar in it and it is better and this was on a post on here a couple of weeks ago and it works better and faster and none of the critters live.
By James F. 1
Dawn Dishwashing Soap is a very effective way of ridding your dogs and cats of fleas. Don't ask me why, but if you wash them with it and leave it on for 5 minutes, the fleas will just fall off when you rinse them.
I have 2 nine year old inside only cats that have attracted fleas from somewhere. I have given both baths with an organic oatmeal and vinegar based flea shampoo for cats, but they still have fleas. My vet suggested that I make a mixture of apple cider vinegar, Dawn, and water, and bathe both kitties and then add to sprayer and spray entire house, carpet, and furniture to end my flea problem. Has anyone ever tried this and if so how much of each and did it work?
By Barbara A
January 19, 2015
Yeah you can buy Wal-Mart drops, if you want to use toxic poison in your house! There are many reasons to NOT use those drops!
If you have small children that will be touching the animals often, no!
If you have a herding breed that might have the genetic disposition for being deathly sensitive to normal doses of things, no!
If you have someone in the house chemically allergic or sensitive, no!
If you've ever watched Chemerical, you definitely know, no!
I'm even cautious to use Dawn! Why? Because I know those chemical warnings are no joke!
How much Dawn soap do I use to put on my carpets? And does it work and how often can I use it?
By Joyce M. from Pittsburgh
August 29, 2014
Linda is right. Salt is the best. Now, here is where any dish washing liquid comes in handy.
Fleas love warm climates so they will hop into a pie plate of water sitting under a night light or desk lamp. With a few drops of DWL to break up the surface adhesion they will jump in and drown.
I hope this helps too!
I bathed my new 6 week old puppy in Dawn because I heard how well it worked, but all the fleas ran to her nose. What can I do?
By Sandra D.
November 6, 2013
When you bath your puppy or dog always start as far forward towards the head as you can. You can start the bath by just doing around the ears, back of the pup's head and then the neck without putting the pup in water. What I do is mix water and dawn in a measuring cup and then soap up around the ears and neck area before putting them in any other water.
As soon as you put the animal in water the fleas will run for "high ground" which is the head. After getting the neck area soaped I then do the rest of the body making sure that they are fully wet and completely soaped up. Scrub and leave soap on for at least 4 to 5 minutes, then rinse.
I have heard of using Dawn blue dish detergent for fleas. What do I do, and does it work fast for relief? My Chihuahua was given Capstar yesterday, and it made him worse. Please help.
By Josie M
August 31, 2011
Here is the website I found that gave specific instructions on how best to use dawn on your pet to kill fleas. Just be sure to only use it sparingly, and in a pinch, so you do not strip your pet of essential oils in his or her coat. Good Luck!
Tip on ridding your pets of fleas! My daughter is a professional dog/cat groomer. When fleas are a problem at her shop, they use a dilution of lemon Joy dishwashing liquid. Take about 1 and 1/2 inches in the bottom of the original bottle and then dilute it with water to fill to top again. Shampoo your pet, using care not to get it in their eyes. Lather them well! You may bath them with your favorite shampoo after the initial Joy bath and thorough rinse! Works like a charm!
By Shirley from Kingston, PA
We bought an 8 week old Malipoo and she has fleas and eggs, because every time we kill them and then check her again she will have baby fleas. Will Dawn dishsoap kill the eggs too?
September 12, 2015
I agree with the first answer you got. However, trying to kill fleas outside is a pain, a real big one. You can choose to go buy a chemical spray for your yard, but I don't like chemicals. But, if you go to your local Walmart, Home Depot, etc...wherever they sell those chemicals, you can find those empty bottles that connect to your water hose for you to spray your own mixture. I have used that by mixing water and Dawn liquid dish soap, then spraying my yard with it. The only downfall to it is if you spray too much (using more soap) it will kill the grass too. Depending on how much soap you use determines how much of your grass dies. A small amount turns it awful brown, more than that can strip it down to just about dirt. But hey, you get to start fresh with no fleas, and it's as good as round up, so no more weeds either, just pretty grass. Hope this was helpful.
Does it dry out their skin because my dog has very dry skin?
January 18, 2015
Dawn removes oil and grease from dishes and it will also remove oil from a dog's body. So do not use Dawn on your dog. If you want to kill fleas and prevent future problems, check with your vet on what to use to avoid dry skin problems for your dog.
By Tami N. 1
How often can you wash your dog using Dawn soap for fleas? daily? weekly? etc. Thanks!
October 11, 2014
You and your dog will get sick of a bath daily. Weekly too. You are depending on the dawn for the fleas death. It's not what kills them, it's the water. So, here is what works.
Put a pie tin of water under a night light or lamp to keep it warm. Drop a couple drops of any dish washing liquid in to break up the surface adhesion in the water. They jump in and drown.
Give your dog Brewer's yeast tablets available at most stores. This makes their blood undesirable to the fleas and they go elsewhere.
Can I mix Dawn and water and do the inside of my house using a garden sprayer?
I know I can use it to give my dog a bath, but would it be effective at all as a spray as well?
By Christa S. 1
I've found, on the internet that Dawn dishsoap is a good remedy for fleas. However, I am wondering how often should I bathe my puppy Mahina, with it per week. I don't want to bathe her all the time because I've heard that bathing her a lot is actually bad for her and what about the eggs? Does it help get rid of them as well?
By C.S. from MAUI
How long does it take for Dawn dish soap to kill dog fleas?
June 24, 2013
I use Dawn full strength on my two girls. The fleas start dying as you are shampooing your dog. Remember to always start with the neck so the fleas don't escape to the ears and nose. If you can keep the lather on your dog for 5 minutes the better. Keep the soap away from the face. I have bathe my dogs once a week to be sure there are no survivors. The soap is very gentle and works great.
Doesn't putting Dawn in your carpet cleaner to help get rid of fleas make the carpet very "soapy" and sticky? Do you have to re-clean the carpet to rinse it?
By Catherine L.
June 12, 2013
I to tried dawn in the steam cleaner only to find I had soapy carpet. I had to rinse it after I was done.
Try just putting a little flea soap like you would use on the animal in your steam cleaner. There is no need to rinse and it kills all the fleas and eggs.
We were so over run with fleas that I would have tried anything and my friend said that's how she got rid of the fleas that had invaded her carpet. So I tried it and it worked like magic.
Does it matter which Dawn I use to bathe my dog? Blue, scented, etc.?
By Bev from MA
October 2, 2012
I'd use the plain blue, but put a few drops in a large plastic glass or container and dissolve it before putting in on dog. It's very concentrated and hard to rinse out and left over soap could make dog itch. Or use a cheap $Tree shampoo, also diluting first.
Does lemon Joy kill fleas?
May 17, 2012
The chemicals in most dish soaps are very hard on the animals skin, and some may be toxic. I wouldn't trust anything with a lemon/citrus scent. The best thing is to break down and buy olain blue dawn if it is a puppy. If it is old enough for flea treatment then spend the $ on a good one.
Do not use the Hartz brand! Frontline and Advantage are pricey but they work. Also check the local pet supply shops, Petco used to sell an all natural powder that made the dog a little sticky but work really well. It was in a pink container and had peppermint oil and I think cedar oil as the ingredients.
What is the amount of the mixture of Dawn and water?
September 7, 2011
I never bothered diluting at all. If you wish, half and half should be OK. Get 2 to 2 and a half cups dry Borax into each average size carpeted room. Leave for 2 weeks for life cycle. Vacuum. For the yard use natural, inexpensive Cedercide granules. 5 pounds lasts more than a year.
By B Mattke 1
What ratio do I use to mix Dawn dishwashing liquid and water to spray rosebushes?
Hardiness Zone: 8a
By B Mattke from Fort Worth, TX
Sometime the best deals can be found online. Here is a 90oz bottle of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. If you use Dawn often, this is definitely a great deal.
Can I use Ultra Dawn on my 10 week old puppy? I can't seem to control the fleas. I have sprayed my rugs, etc. Is Ultra Dawn OK? It is all that I have.
I see how Dawn can work, it also takes the oil off of flea's larva. But my question is, will using Dawn deplete my dog's natural oils that his coat needs.
We have used two kinds of flea chemicals on our cats over a 2 week period, but they still have some. They are not scratching much now, but they are licking. I have stripped my bed twice now, but I am still seeing the fleas. How do I use Dawn to get rid of the fleas?
Please help us.
By Gwendolyn S.
In order to kill the fleas in a room do you use both Dawn and apple cider vinegar in a dish and put it under a light, or is it just Dawn in the dish with water?
By Catherine L.
By Janet H V. 1
I have two cats. One cat is 2 years old and the other is 4 years old. How much Dawn should I use and how much water?
By Janet H
What is the amount of Dawn liquid soap I should use on my dog to kill fleas?
By Helen from Acworth, GA
I read the thread about using Dawn for washing the dogs to get rid of fleas. This is kind of a silly question but does it matter which kind of Dawn you use. I have the antibacterial apple. Is this ok?
When we were trying to deflea kittens too young for Advantage, the vet told us to use regular Dawn, not the antibacterial kind or other scent, just the regular blue Dawn. I don't know what the difference is, but she did specify that it be the original one, not the antibacterial kind. Unfortunately, until they were old enough for us to use Advantage, nothing got rid of the fleas completely. However, it did cut down some on the population :0)
Lemon Dawn is what you should use.I have several dogs and use it all the time. You should only bath them once a month
It would be better for the dog if you bathed him/her with dog shampoo and then spritzed with peppermint or lavender oil, which help repel fleas and ticks.
By Peggy Z
I use Advantage as my dogs cannot take harsh drying soap.
Do NOT use Hartz anything. The EPA has ordered them to stop producing the product as it has killed so many companion pets.
Jennifer in Northern Virginia
I gave, and still give, my dog the soft gel garlic pills daily. She thinks they are a treat and we have never seen another flea.
If fleas are a problem for your pet, wash them with Dawn dishwashing soap. It kills them instantly. Leaving a small nightlight on during the night will draw fleas. Just put a small bowl of Dawn under the light and they will jump in.
By Brenda from Cleveland, OH
HARTZ made my pets very sick! I have used the Dawn with good results. Good luck with your invaders.
By Ole Lulu
The Dawn might get rid of some of the adult fleas, but it won't do anything for the eggs that they have left behind. You should consult your vet before using anything on your pets other than what the vet recommends. I will stick to Frontline or Advantage for my dogs. (01/17/2007)
Robin, I agree with you 100%, "self treatment" can be dangerous to a pet.
My two are indoor dogs yet I have them on Advantage all year and they've never had a flea, nor have they brought any into the home so my indoor kitties remain flea free also.
Northern Virginia (01/17/2007)
Always use the blue kind I think its called orignal. How many of the sea life and birds has Dawn soap saved? The numbers are very high. The dawn soap is safe unless your animal has severe allergies to any kind of soap. (01/17/2007)
I like using the most safe form, and have used Dawn for flea removal. I would never use Frontline or any of those types of products again. My cat almost died when he was treated with it. It can cause severe nerve damage and death. (01/17/2007)
Hi Karen, what a nightmare you went through. I'm so sorry.
The only "flea preventative" I have heard of, that killed pets was made by Hartz Mountain.
My kitties are not treated as they are strictly indoors and have have never had a problem with fleas.
My dobies have not had a problem whatsoever with Frontline or Advantage.
Northern Virginia (01/17/2007)
This is the best way. They started jumping right off so I used it in my steam cleaner two weeks later no visitors yet so all the non believers try it. I thought it was silly too but it worked and only cost $2.50. So support Frontline if you want but dawn helps animals. Frontline tests on animals. So do what you want (09/19/2007)
Does anyone know what to use for the eggs & pupae that you can't kill from chemicals? I just got a 5 week old kitten that has some fleas & I'm trying to prevent infestation. (10/28/2007)
Does dawn dish soap really work on dogs that stay outside all the time? What is the best thing to use on my yard because the fleas have been bad here and Sevin Dust did not work.
Janelle from Oxford, Alabama
I am having a problem with fleas as well. I have found the Dawn to work wonders. We use it to give the pets a bath. You can also mix it with water in a spray bottle and spray around the house. It will help to kill them before they can get into your house. We are also using it on the carpets with the steam cleaner and then mixing it with water in a pie pan with a light over it at night. It all really works and is cheap. Good luck. (11/06/2007)
When we lived in FL our vet told us to use any dish soap on our Chihuahua for fleas - the trick was to lather it for at least 10 minutes. Worked. (11/06/2007)
Dawn Dishwashing does not work. I have tried it. (11/11/2007)
I called the vet today since on Saturday I just got a yellow lab, to ask what to use because when I got her she came with fleas, I didn't know until we got home and after observation. The puppy is 8 wks old. The vets office said "Dawn" so tonight that is what I bathed her in.
But I will also take all the other advice esp. about the steam cleaner, the night light trick and dry bathing for the next time. We go to the vets in a couple of weeks were I will more address the Frontline and a new one that starts with a "P" that just came out a couple of months ago. (11/13/2007)
I have also heard that Dawn dish soap works really well. My mother in law uses it on her cat. I have recently gotten a flea infestation from my neighbors. She had a real bad flea problem and had someone come and spray. Unfortunately, they ran to my house. I have 3 American Bulldogs and they all 3 are infested. I am going to try and use the Dawn Dishsoap and see how it works. Thanks for the information! :) (04/28/2008)
By Mrs Jarrett
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The original New Dawn killed fleas, but they have changed the formula and the one in the little blue bottle now, doesn't work at all. Does any one know if any of the New Dawn's they have now, will kill fleas? I used the original for years and it worked great, I even sprayed my yard with it.
Don't forget about a flea comb. Comb out the fleas and wipe the fleas off into a bowl. Can't remember if the bowl is filled with soapy water or alcohol. (05/20/2008)
We haven't used dawn for a little over a year, but when we used it it did kill the fleas. We are bathing my children's kittens and using the original formula. (06/03/2008)
I read that you can give your pet a bath in original Dawn soap to kill fleas. I just did it right now and a lot fell off. She's barely got them so they're not bad yet, but I was drying her off and saw that she still had a few. Will the stuff in the soap keep killing them or are they all supposed to die when you bathe them? Please help.
Honeybunn141 from Fresno, CA
You can use generic lemon dish liquid, the trick is to lather and massage into your pet and try to leave on as long as possible. 5 minutes or more if your pet is patient, this works, that's all I use now. The Frontline and Advantage that my groomer uses doesn't work, but the dish liquid does. (06/06/2008)
I have been using a "new" flea deterrent that the vet gave me for my Bichon called Vectra 3D. It is pretty new. It keeps the eggs from hatching and I think it is working great. I haven't seen a flea on her for 3 months and we have been in the country visiting as well. Also, I don't know about the Dawn per say, but I personally think any good shampoo, or whatever, works because the fleas on her just drown. If you soap your dog really good and keep the shampoo on a few minutes, then rinse really good, they usually all die. But try the Vectra. So far, I haven't seen even one flea, and she was covered. I was getting ready to spray my whole house. I was really frustrated. (06/06/2008)
I recently got a kitten and it was infested with fleas that I did not realize until we got home and I found a flea on me. So upon careful inspection I found a ton on my kitten. Here is the homemade remedies I used and still do and they work wonders. I had heard rave reviews on Dawn Dish soap and Apple Cider Vinegar. I decided to give both a try. I went and bought a bottle of each at a local grocery store. I bought and used and still do use the blue Dawn Ultra Concentrated Power Plus.
The first thing I did was make a mixture of lukewarm water and apple cider vinegar in a big pour jug. I put 1/2 cup of the vinegar into the jug and then filled it with lukewarm water. I set that aside within my reach in the bathroom where I was washing kitty. I filled the tub with luke warm water enough to wash the kitten in.
I took the Blue Dawn Dishwashing liquid and before getting kitty wet I placed a ring of it around her neck and rubbed it in. I did this to prevent the fleas from scurrying to her head when I put kitty in the water and that's where the fleas will run to. But by putting the ring of Dawn around her neck this prevented the fleas from scurrying to her head. I then got kitty wet and placed the Dawn directly onto her and worked up a good lather. I washed her for a good 10 minutes. You wouldn't believe the amount of fleas that fell off her and they were dead fleas.
The Dawn worked to kill the fleas. After 10 minutes of lathering her I took a very fine tooth comb and ran it through her to get the remaining fleas off her. They were all dead. Then I rinsed her with clean lukewarm water. After I rinsed her I took the Apple Cider and water I had mixed in the jug and slowly poured it all over kitty to ensure I got every part of her except her eye area, nose area and the inside of her ears. I did not rinse the Apple Cider Vinegar off her. This formula helps to repel the fleas. They dislike the scent of Apple Cider Vinegar. I also put a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in her drinking water to also assist in repelling fleas.
All this worked to kill the fleas and to keep new fleas from attacking her. Now the only thing I have to figure out is how to kill the eggs and larvae. But until then I will bathe kitty once a week in both the Dawn and the Apple Cider Vinegar to help kill any lingering fleas and to repel them and keep them under control. This does work and it does not harm kitty at all and does not irritate her or anything. The picture I have included is of my kitty and her name is Precious. I named her precious because that's what she is. (06/21/2008)
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Take your veterinarian's advice. Vets know what works best in their areas. Over time, fleas develop resistance to certain insecticides. Your vet will know which ones and suggest a safe alternative. Ask your vet which one he or she uses on his or her pets. Asking your neighbor or cousin is anecdotal at best. (06/23/2008)
Dear JEN -
You could be killing your dogs. Garlic is toxic to both canines and felines.
Thanks and regards. Kali
I am a professional groomer. Yes, Dawn will kill fleas. It is also great in a spray bottle mixed in water for a safe pesticide. Although it does kill fleas on your pet, It will not prevent them. Fleas have a 10-14 day life cycle and once they are in your home they live in the carpets, couches, beds, etc. You have to treat the pet(s), yards, carpets, couches, bedding, and anywhere your pet may be. Repeat everything in 10-14 days and if you can a 3rd time.
There are organic flea treatments to keep the fleas off your pets for 30 days. Treat your pets with this during the 1st cleaning and again on the 31st day. I use Dawn as a yard pesticide with a mixer on the hose and hose the yard down. DO NOT wash your pet with the Dawn more than once a week and finish with a conditioner so not to strip the natural oils of your pets coat. (01/30/2009)
Does Antibacterial Dawn dish soap kill fleas?
Yes. Add about 4 drops to your anima'ls bath water when water is at full level. When you're done bathing your pet you will see the dead critters in the water. (07/21/2009)
When I lived in Florida the vet there said that any detergent or shampoo would kill fleas on the pet. The secret he shared is that these have to be left on and sudsy for at least 10 minutes.
He also said to put a tiny bit of garlic powder in the water. I know that some vets advise against garlic, but it never harmed our Little Bit and she is now 17 1/2 years old. (07/22/2009)
I think this might work, but for a dollar you can get flea soap. The thing is, fleas drown in water, so maybe anything works. Raw onion (including all types-wild, garlic, etc.) is toxic when ingested by dogs, but I have never heard that application is bad. (07/22/2009)
Give your dogs a bath in Dawn dish washing detergent once a month over the summer months (when fleas are at their worse). The Dawn kills them. However, you must make sure to get the ears and head as the fleas will migrate to that area.
I rescued a puppy that was found in a storm drain and he was covered in fleas. One bath and some conditioner for his dry skin and he had none when I took him to the vet 4 days later.
By TankersWife22 from Pembroke, GA
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We just moved from Ohio and found my cat seems to have developed an allergy to the fleas here. They bother him so much that in just a few days he has dug out patches of fur and left open sores from digging.
The vets I've asked coolly just tell me to keep using medicated shampoo or won't talk to us for lack of the $50-100 initial visit fee. Their quick solve is to flea dip. We love our cats like our kids.
I need a gentle solution to tame down the fleas long enough to heal my baby's sores before I can use drops or medicated shampoos. Will Dawn be gentle enough not to hurt him, maybe anti-bacterial Dawn ?
By Tammy from southwest, WA
I don't know about the detergent question. When my dog had hot-spots the vet prescribed oral antibiotics and a plastic E-collar to keep him from licking more. However, I do want to address the flea problem.
The natural non-pesticide way to kill fleas is to buy diatomaceous earth and sprinkle it where the cat lays and sleeps and in the litter box. It is a naturally occurring, soft, chalk-like sedimentary rock that is easily crumbled into a fine white to off-white powder. Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. It is used as a filtration aid, as a mild abrasive, as a mechanical insecticide, as an absorbent for liquids, and as cat litter. I like to get it from http://www.onlynaturalpet.com
Locally I can find big bags of it at an aquarium store where it is sold for filters, but the smaller amounts I have to get through that website. They call the product: "Only Natural Pet All-in-One Flea Remedy." It's on sale now. It's safe! I have checked for years for a safe and natural flea product and this is it. (11/20/2009)
Dry borax your carpets. See my previous posts. (11/21/2009)
The pool type is toxic to animals to take internally. Use the garden variety. I am sure it is on the website you provided. I am talking about the Diatomaceous earth, used to treat fleas. (11/21/2009)
By Robyn Fed
Be very careful what you put on your cats, and dogs! I read that Diatomaceous earth is a poison. Also, stuff from the dollar type stores is many times a knock off product made in china. Any type of collar spells trouble for a cat that goes out, as they may get hung up and choke. You can purchase advantage for dogs, and use a small amt. as per your vet, using a syringe to put it on. I get 5 applications for $27 vs $15 for one. The extra is stored in a small plastic
vial. Good luck to you. (11/21/2009)
I have kittens and cats and they get fleas also. I like to use the following on them to rid them of fleas.
I get a metal lice comb, dip it in hot soapy water and test them for fleas this way all the time. It is better by far than a flea comb. First trim claws. LOL.
I have used Dawn before, but I like the baby shampoo and peroxide better. I spray the coat with peroxide and rub in and then I mix some more with the baby shampoo and bathe them. I have heard that Frontline has changed hands and no longer works. So don't bother buying it. I have seen it not work anymore on my dogs and cats.
Salt all over the house will kill fleas, as will borax or baking soda. I use salt under sheets on carpet, etc.
Look up the dose of Benadryl for a cat by weight and give it to your cat. Also, start giving it fish oil...look that dose up too. Contact me if I can be of any help. My dog is the same way about fleas. (11/21/2009)
By Robyn Fed
An excellent shampoo for dogs, cats, and YES even puppies and kittens is "Triple Action" from Vet-Kem. I buy it over the counter at my Vet's office. You can find it at www.vet-kem.com. Trust me, I have never seen a shampoo that works so fast and it smells great. My last bottle I bought back in December 2008 and it cost me $13.20, and I'm sure it has gone up but it is affordable. (11/22/2009)
Dawn dishsoap is safe for animals (a lot of animal rescue organizations use it) and will knock the fleas down, but probably won't get rid of them completely. My dog has an allergy to fleas as well and the vet told me to give him over the counter Zyrtec. Not sure of the dose for cats or even if it's safe, but it's worth asking your vet. I ended up having to switch from Frontline to Vectra 3d for our fleas. They are saying that Frontline has been used for so long that the fleas have built up a tolerance to it. Once you get rid of the fleas his allergy should clear up.
Good luck. I know how aggravating it is to deal with fleas and how sad it is to see your pets suffer. (11/24/2009)
Ivory soap dish detergent is good for fleas and it is gentle. Also, Skin-so-Soft from Avon is good for fleas. You can wash your pet in it and then spray them with the Skin-so-Soft spray afterward. I heard feeding garlic to your pet repels fleas, is this true? (11/24/2009)
I don't know why everyone seems to be bathing their pets in dish soap for flea control. I just answered "good neighbour" in Australia, you might want to check that out, as well as dig into ThriftyFun archives.
My advice is to smother your flea ridden pet with oil, liberally, and work it down to the skin, massaging the skin at the same time--mineral oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, just liberally oil up your cat, rubbing the oil into the skin like a massage, then cover them with a cloth or towel, and let it set for several minutes. This will smother the fleas. Then, bathe them in warm water and a mild soap, and rinse. This oil treatment will probably need two shampoos and rinses to get all of the oil out. Towel dry them, and then use a flea comb to comb out dead fleas that are stuck in their fur.
I use a flea comb with a tub (like an old, clean margarine dish) filled with water, and an oil film on top, or as my vet said, some dish soap in the water, then flea comb them, being careful of sores, and with the other hand, hold the fleas on the flea comb, and with both hands, place the flea comb over the dish of dish soap and water, or water/oil, and pull any loose fur and fleas off the flea comb into the oil and water, or dish soap and water, into the oil, or dish soap to drown the fleas, without immersing the flea comb. Continue combing, relaxing your pet, like a "happy pet spa." Keep this up until you don't see any more fleas.
And, use your own judgment. Some pets get infestations that are so bad, they need shots.
I really have no idea where the info came from that people could wash their pets in dish soap to get rid of fleas. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. During a particularly bad infestation of fleas, this treatment may need to be kept up for several days until the fleas are gone. (11/28/2009)
By Carol L.
My cat recently did the same thing yours is doing. She got infested with fleas. It turns out that she is allergic to flea bites and all it takes is just one single bite for her to break out. I called my vet and they told me to dip her in Dawn. It does help control the fleas but you have to pour the Dawn directly onto your cat and lather him up with it.
I left it on my cat for about 5 minutes and then rinsed her in warm water. Then I blow dried her and brushed her hair with a fine tooth comb. But unfortunately, in order for your cat's hair to grow back and for the sores to dry out, you will have to take him to the vet so he can get an allergy shot and be put on an Amoxicillin, and make sure you give your cat a dose of frontline every month so the fleas don't return. If your cat doesn't get the shot or the Amoxicillin and your cat gets bit again she will break out and honestly every time the constant scratching, biting, and pulling out of the fur gets worse. I hope this helped. (01/12/2010)
Dawn is just fine in most applications. I've helped raise 6, 3-week old kittens (we kept two, they're now a year old), and since I am low-income, I didn't have the money to buy the fancy kitten shampoos and they were quite messy without a momma cat to clean them, so I tried dawn. Obviously, avoid the eyes and such, but it does kill fleas on contact. I don't know about larvae and eggs, but for us, the eggs break just in water. One concern is not to bathe them too often since Dawn does remove natural oils to prevent dry skin. Also...no pesticides!
I've done research and it seems a certain type of cedar oil is the best if prepared correctly. Fleas are scent-driven and the scents in the oil cloud their senses and drive away or kill them. The oil and most products with it is safe for pets, humans, children, infants, and the elderly. I have yet to try it but hear good things. Dr. Ben's brand utilizes this and looks to be pretty popular. I'm probably too late but I hope this helps someone!
I would avoid anti-bacterial soaps on your animals. It could include ingredients that would be harmful, and if you don't get rid of the complete bacteria, it could mutate and become immune to anti-bacterial chemicals.
Our 13+ year old cat has a horrible flea problem, and has rather large patches of raw skin from excessive scratching. She's obviously touchy when we get near the spot, but we still use Dawn to kill the fleas feeding off of it. And after she's dry, cover it with Vaseline or Neosporin to help heal the wound. Repeat the process every couple of days and your kitty should start to heal. Pert Plus Light Conditioning Shampoo is a decent moisturizer if you have to bathe often. (07/02/2010)
Will Dawn get rid of fleas on my dog? If so, how long will they be gone? And how long between treatments will I need to bathe her?
By rosalee from North Vernon, IN
Yes on the Dawn. Another soap you can use is Dial bar soap. Lather 5 minutes. Even better to shampoo 2 x. Sprinkle dry borax in the carpets and her bed for 2 weeks before you vacuum. Sevin dust in the yard is what I hear.
I don't have fleas on my kids because it freezes in the winter and then I am careful of who visits. I have been 30 years flea free after starting with dry borax. Another thing that helps is a little canned mackerel every day for vitamins (omegas). Also a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in their drinking water. Never use any flea collars or flea shampoo, that goes to their liver and kidneys. Vaccines have probably ruined your dog's immune system. Read up vaclib.org about what is in vaccines and you will be getting some thuja from homeopathic store to help with cleansing of the poisons. It really does help. Often parvo vaccine will give a dog the sickness.
Read up on grocery store foods for pets. See the pictures of large vats of euthanized pets that go into dogfood/catfood. That euthanol does not "cookoff". To strengthen the immune system a raw diet (at least a few days of the week) is best. Search for kibble and canned though groomers and check yellow pages for specialty stores. Check ingredients, good pet foods contain no corn wheat or soy. They are fillers and cause immune problems, digestive, and skin problems (allergy). Food grade diatomaceous earth mixed with food will get the intestinal worms beautifully. It is a good product for a few other things as well. I really started to answer you and was meaning to answer Thriftyfun with some pet tips they were asking for. Hopefully someone knows how to get my blab to them. I am great with animals, but not so great with technical stuff. Please, someone forward with my permission to print. Anything to help an animal. Sincerely. (08/10/2010)
My daughter-in-law who does lots of animal rescue says Dawn works well for this, she also uses Johnson and Johnson Baby shampoo so as not to sting their eyes and finds it works every bit as well as Dawn. (08/11/2010)
We recently had a big problem with fleas on our dog. We applied Advantage as was suggested by our vet, who also told us not to use flea dips as they are very toxic over time. Advantage worked great for a week, but after a week it stopped working and we were seeing more fleas again. I called the company and they asked if I had bathed the dog in Dawn dish washing liquid. I hadn't, but they told me most flea shampoos and Dawn will alter the PH level of your pet's skin, which will cause their product to stop working. She suggested reapplication of Advantage, and we brushed him every day to keep him clean. We didn't bathe him once a week, which I had been doing because I thought it would get rid of fleas. Now we bathe him once a month unless he gets dirty.
It turns out we needed to treat our backyard. Once we did that, and followed the instructions of the Advantage folks, we haven't had any more problems. So, in summary, Dawn may work to kill existing fleas, but it might actually hurt your chances of keeping them off in the future. You need to find the source of the fleas and treat that as well as your pet. Borax laundry booster for indoors is cheap, works wonders, and is very safe if used properly. Check for threads about that. Good luck! (09/29/2010)