Source: My local vet.
By little suzy from Millbury, OH
By Barbra from Calistoga, CA
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.
What is the amount of the mixture of Dawn and water?
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.
What is the amount of Dawn liquid soap I should use on my dog to kill fleas?
By Helen from Acworth, GA
Can I use Dawn dish soap on my cat? He is an 8 year old tuxedo.
By Debra from Parmus, NJ
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 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
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!
Can I use Dawn dish soap to get rid of fleas on my dog?
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.
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
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?
By Peggy Z
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
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
By Ole Lulu
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
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)
By Mrs Jarrett
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
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)
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?
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.
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?