Jack After Bath! Flea Treatment

4 facts about Flea treatment for dogs

Debunking the Myth:

Using Dawn dish soap as DIY flea treatment for dogs?

Well Maybe Yes and No.  Read on!

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Separating Fact from Fiction in Flea Treatment for Canines

Flea treatment and Fleas can be a nuisance for both dogs and their owners, leading many to seek effective solutions for flea control. One common myth suggests using Dawn dish soap as a DIY flea treatment for dogs. In this blog, we will examine the truth behind this claim and explore safer alternatives for eliminating fleas on our furry friends.

1. The Myth of Dawn Dish Soap:

The idea of using Dawn dish soap to combat fleas on dogs has gained popularity due to its ability to remove oils and dirt from surfaces. However, it is important to note that Dawn dish soap is not formulated for use on animals and can potentially cause skin irritation, dryness, and other adverse reactions. Additionally, while it may temporarily kill some fleas, on you dog it does not provide a long-lasting solution or address the underlying infestation. Should only be used as an emergency option.

2. Safer Alternatives for Flea Control:

When it comes to effectively treating fleas on dogs, it is best to consult with a veterinarian who can recommend safe and appropriate products. There are numerous flea control options available, including topical treatments, oral medications, and flea collars. These products are specifically designed to target fleas while minimizing potential harm to your pet.

3. Importance of Comprehensive Flea Treatment:

Eliminating fleas from your dog requires a comprehensive approach that goes beyond simply washing them with dish soap. Fleas have a complex life cycle, and it is crucial to address all stages, including eggs, larvae, and adult fleas. Your veterinarian can guide you in developing a flea control plan that includes regular treatments, environmental management, and preventive measures to ensure long-term success.
We use Vet’s Best for on the boat or in the RV.  Works the best of all I tried without being too harsh. This is for spraying on rugs, furniture and dog beds.  Not the dog.


4. Prevention is Key:

Preventing fleas from infesting your dog is often easier and more effective than treating an existing infestation. Regular use of veterinarian-recommended flea preventives can help keep your dog protected year-round. Additionally, maintaining a clean and hygienic environment, including regular vacuuming and washing of bedding, can help reduce the risk of flea infestations in your home.


While the notion of using Dawn dish soap as a flea treatment for dogs may be tempting, it is crucial to distinguish between fact and fiction. Dawn dish soap is not intended for animal use and can potentially lead to skin irritation and other negative effects if used more than once or twice.

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However, as a one-time occurrence, Dawn may be effective in killing fleas. We have personally used it for this purpose. Our dog, Jack, picked up fleas while we were visiting one of the Caribbean islands. In our rush to start a sailing trip, I failed to acquire any flea treatment.
Dawn was the only product we had on board to combat the fleas, and it worked or it could be I just drowned them.
visit us on Instagram as we travel through those islands with https://www.instagram.com/jackthesailingdog/
Cute Dog Jack On Deck Of Sv Angelsea
Jack The Sailing Dog A Cute Dog Living On A Boat

How I did it

I bathed Jack in the boat’s cockpit, wetting him down and starting the bath from his tail up to his head. I could observe the fleas scurrying towards his head in an attempt to escape the soap. Those that couldn’t flee quickly enough perished instantly. The ones that reached his neck were lathered up and met the same fate now in all fairness. I left Jack all lathered up and waited about 10 minutes before rinsing. Did they drown or was it Dawn is the question? Either way they were dead.
I would not attempt it on a dog younger than 6 months.
I then used a washcloth to carefully clean around his muzzle, being cautious around his eyes. Jack is trained to hold his head up and back while being bathed, preventing water or soap from getting into his eyes.

My final word on it

It’s important to remember that Dawn does not eliminate fleas from the dog’s bedding or the area it was in. For that, a specific flea treatment is required. Consult with a veterinarian to determine the most suitable and safe flea control options for your dog. Remember, prevention is crucial, and taking a comprehensive approach to flea control will help keep your furry friend happy, healthy, and free from these bothersome parasites.
We do keep a Gallery of our Caribbean images at https://garyfelton.com/

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