Use Lemon Joy for Fleas

October 1, 2008

Dog getting bath in the kitchen sinkTip 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

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July 15, 2007

I got Joy dish soap as I've seen on other web sites I'm seeing some folks saying Dawn is what you can use to bathe your dogs. Is Joy (lemon) OK to wash the dogs and kill fleas? So much out there about fleas and how to get rid of them. I'm sick of spending money on Frontline, etc. and it doesn't even work. The vet said your animal can get used to the products and they don't work any longer. So How bout the JOY?

Be Blessed.
Peachee from Byron, GA


By Becky (Guest Post)
July 15, 20071 found this helpful

Joy should be fine, my vet told me that just about any dish liquid is good for dogs and kills fleas on contact, she recommended palmolive but I prefer Dawn myself.

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By bfitch (Guest Post)
July 16, 20071 found this helpful

I have used joy in the past on my dogs and it killed the fleas instantly.

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By Rasta (Guest Post)
July 19, 20070 found this helpful

Get Frontline or Revolution from your vet and give your dog monthly treatments. It will keep the ticks and fleas off the animal.


It is a bit expensive but cheaper than having to put up with the fleas and constantly treating your home.

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July 19, 20070 found this helpful

Honey, there something definetly wrong if Frontline is not working...seriously...are you sure you have the right size for the weight of your dog?!??!
I have never known this product to not work.

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July 19, 20070 found this helpful

My vet said to mix the lemon Joy with baby shampoo. One part Joy to two parts baby shampoo. I tried this when my dogs got fleas a couple years ago and it worked like a charm. The baby shampoo cuts the harshness to their skin and doesn't dry it out like the plain Joy dishwashing liquid would do.

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By Graycrab (Guest Post)
July 19, 20070 found this helpful

When we lived in Florida where fleas are huge problem the vet said any shampoo or detergent would work but to make it sudsy and keep working it for at least 10 minutes. Worked!

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By Ellen (Guest Post)
July 20, 20070 found this helpful

I have used Front line on my dogs for several years, with great results. This year the frontline didn't work on one of the dogs, vet said she had built up an immunity to frontline.


Told me to use Dawn or Joy, will be trying that this weekend.

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July 20, 20070 found this helpful

ADVANTIX! I too barely got any results with frontiline....WHen my vet suggested Advantix, I was skeptical. BUT...I tried it and it works so much better. It also protects from mosquitos and Frontline DOES NOT... Mosquitos carry diseases for dogs not to mention are pesky and itchy.

Do make sure you get the right weight size. If your weight is borderline, go up....

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July 20, 20070 found this helpful

The reason Frontline and Advantix did not work was my dog's COAT TYPE! too fluffy, hard for the film to widen under it to reach all the fleas. So now with lots of vacuuming (daily), and with six months of Program, she's okay again.


Consider how much underfluff is under your dog's outer coat!

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July 21, 20070 found this helpful

I think a distinction should be made here. Joy or Dawn will kill fleas that are already on the dog, but will not stop new fleas from getting on your dog or kill the new ones that get on your pet. You must rewash the dog to kill those.

A once-a-month treatment will kill the fleas on the dog and continue to work for about a month; they must be used regularly to be the most effective. They do not stop new fleas from getting on pets either, just kill the ones that bite the pet.


To keep fleas from getting on pets, you must treat the environment the pet goes into. Some of these treatments work better than others for specific breeds of pets--animals are a lot like people, nothing works for everyone. And pets build up a tolerance to them, so one might quit working and you'll have to change to another. Fleas are a pain, but once you find something that works for your pet, it is magic.

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By jodi (Guest Post)
July 22, 20070 found this helpful

We also started using Dawn for our little one..but did notice that her skin was getting dry so now we also spray her with Avon skin so soft an lightly rub it into her skin. does not take much. this is also good to keep the knats an mosquitoes off her.

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By MellaSch (Guest Post)
August 24, 20080 found this helpful

My cat just had kittens they are three and half weeks old and they have fleas so what can you use for a kitten to kill the flea? Someone please help me fleas are the most nasty biting creaters you could have in your house and on your pets.


Hate the summer and the bugs that the summer brings alone with its warm weather!

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By Patricia (Guest Post)
October 20, 20080 found this helpful

Front Line has not worked for my dogs this year either. I have used this for about 3 years and it has always worked except for this year. I will not buy it any more.

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July 12, 20111 found this helpful

So disgusted with Frontline! Did not work at all this year. Three dogs and two cats are constantly scratching and whinning. One dog sleeps in the bed with us and scratches and shakes the bed all night. I called Frontline who notes on the box "Satisfaction Guaranteed." All I got was a lesson in the life cycle of the flea. Having dogs and cats through the years, I am well versed in the "life cycle of the flea." No reimbursement offers, just questions like it is my and my dogs' fault. I treated the backyard in May. No help. I spent over $300. this season for flea prevention/control with absolutely no results! I'll never buy Frontline again! Vet suggested Joy Lemon; going to try that today with baby shampoo.

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February 16, 20171 found this helpful

We had a little kitten come to our office door one day we took it home first thing I put in the sink poured Joy dish soap on that little kitten u should have seen all the fleas jump off of him. The best sleep that little kitten ever had. No more fleas!!!!!

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September 14, 20170 found this helpful

In the past Frontline had always worked for me too. So has Advantix and all of the others. NOT THIS TIME. I used Frontline Advanced on two of my dogs and it didn't help at all. So I used Advantix on our friends dog who's been staying with us for a while prior to the fleas and it didn't work either. Capstar didn't work on any of the dogs either. Benedryl only gave them some relief because it helped them sleep through the continuous itching. Bathed one in Dawn dish detergent, that didn't help either. So we had our carpets torn out (they were old anyway) and all 3 dogs are still scratching. OMG!!!!

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November 25, 20170 found this helpful

About 2 years ago the fleas in Sussex County Delaware became immune to Frontline..lots and lots of feral cats and the flea population exploded. We had to switch to Advantix 2 while down in Delaware.

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April 11, 20190 found this helpful

I'm not having any luck with Frontline flea treatment for my 2 indoor cats. I am going to try the Dawn dish soap next bath time. As Hartz cat shampoo is not working either.

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October 21, 20200 found this helpful

Dont ever put skin so soft n cats or dogs

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July 29, 20210 found this helpful

If frontline isn't working joy I just tried she itching so bad loves the woods water keep her out is impossible

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May 15, 2012

Does lemon Joy kill fleas?

By Kay


May 17, 20120 found this helpful
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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.

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