Dawn Dish Soap And Fleas,,, Does It Work?


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Katie Profile
Katie answered
I can not think of any harm in trying.  I know that fleas do not  weigh enough to disturb the surface tension of regular water. This means  they float on top, don't drown, and can jump off. If they are put in  soapy water then they sink and drown.  Bathing your dog in liquid  soap will definitely kill (drown) and wash away SOME  of the fleas, but there is no guarantee that even if you bathed the dog  a hundred times that you would get them all. Even if you killed ALL of  the fleas, the moment you put your pet back into your fleas infested  house or yard, more could jump on. I read somewhere that only about half  the fleas in a house are actually on your pet(s) at any given time.  Soap doesn't repel fleas or kill the fleas that bite your pet.  I've  heard that only Dawn Liquid Soap works. (I've never bothered testing  others though.) Either way you should probably bathe the dog in a gentle  conditioner after a soap bath. The soap is a harsh irritant that is  made only for use on humans' hands and arms. It was  never meant to come in contact with more sensitive tissues or with  non-human skin. Make sure you rinse thoroughly since pets groom  themselves with their mouths and left-over suds could upset their  stomach or hurt their skin.  A soap bath can help reduce the  number of fleas in your house and on your pet and it will  lessen the  pet's torment but soap baths are not  adequate  replacements for real, vet-approved flea remedies.  Baker or  brewer's yeast and garlic are two natural flea repellents for dogs.  (Garlic is BAD for cats.) You can buy tablets or powders at pet  stores to slip inside treats or sprinkle on food and water. The garlic  is formulated so that it is odorless and won't make your pet smell.  There are also odorless garlic tablets for you, so that the fleas will  leave you alone. Neither kills fleas, though.  From experience, I  can tell you that garlic and yeast work better at preventing  your pet from becoming infested than at repelling  starving flea hordes off of you and your pets. This means get chemicals,  natural or otherwise, to kill the fleas, then give  your dogs garlic and yeast to keep the fleas from coming back. There  is still no guarantee, however.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Yes it does work. I speak from experience. I've raised MANY orphaned kittens and often times they were given to me with PLENTY of fleas on them, but not old enough for dips or flea shampoos. Wash the pet in Dawn. It HAS to be DAWN as no other liquid dish soap is the same. Keep lathering for at least five minutes and rince completely. Wrap pet up in warm towel and keep wrapped or covered until they are completely dry- especially for very young and small animals.Treat your carpets or grassy areas so the pet will not become reinfected once you let them back down to walk around again.
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tracy deines answered
It only kills the fleas short term and possibly not all of them so they will be infested again shortly. I suggest to go to the vet and get Frontline put on, it works wonderful and it kills the fleas and prevents further infestation.

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