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Erica

We recently moved to Texas with my Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix and our two cats. They've had fleas before, but never a severe case and it was nothing a couple doses of flea treatment or a few good shampoos couldn't get rid of. Both cats are indoor cats and my little guy never plays for long periods of times outside besides our daily walks. Well, I guess that is just enough time for an infestation of fleas to attack. Now all three are walking flea hotels. My dog especially is crawling with them. Every time I rub his belly I can see them all scatter and run towards his arms and tail. It was breaking my heart to see him scratching incessantly, biting himself all over and being woken up from his sleep by these bloodsuckers. Most of our stuff is still back home waiting to be shipped, along with their flea treatments and shampoos. Since this was a big move, we really don't have the money right now to buy $50-$90 flea treatments for one of them, let alone all three. So I decided to look for a good home remedy I could use to control the situation and give them some relief in the meantime, until we can get some flea meds for them.
Let me first just say that my dog is infested with these things, bad. His tail is one big scab from biting so much.. He's covered in red patches, scratches and bumps where the fleas have bitten him and then he's either bitten or scratched until he tore the skin off of his own body. That was the end of the line for me. I couldn't stand by any longer until we saved up the money for flea treatments while he suffers.
I saw several posts on the apple cider vinegar and baking soda recipe as well as washing your dog with Dawn dish soap. However, I had none of those things and the makers of Dawn tests on animals (which I am against), so I started to think about what I did have here. And it hit me... the dish soap that I use would probably work! It's the Lavender Floral & Mint dish soap by 'SEVENTH GENERATION'. I know that fleas particularly hate citrus oils, lavender oils, menthol or any mint scents- anything along those lines, and this all natural dish liquid is actually fragranced with lavender oil, not a synthetic perfume, and also has lime, ylang ylang, spearmint, peppermint and several other essential oils and botanical extracts.
I gave it a shot and it worked! I wet him down in the tub, and poured a good amount (about 2-3 TBSP, use more or less depending on the size of your dog) in my palm and started where the problem areas were and where they like to hide: the base of his tail, all around his neck and down his back and began spreading out to the rest of his body. I really worked it into the fur too. They can hide under layers of hairs and not be effected by the shampoos and stuff, so you really have to make sure you're lifting fur and working the soap against the natural growth of the fur to get to the hidden underneath layers. I kept working it all over his body for about 5 minutes to let the oils go to work. Then I began rinsing him, very very well.
It worked great!! While rinsing I saw about 7-10 fleas float down the drain, and picked 10 dead, flat fleas off of him after the bath! I literally have found only ONE living flea on him and I searched his entire body looking. I did find though that the dead fleas are actually harder to remove from his fur now... That's why they all didn't wash away in the bath, it seems they almost cling to the fur when they die or something. There was one I had to keep pulling and picking at to get. It could have also been because his fur was wet though... I'm not sure, but don't be disappointed if you don't see tons of fleas washing off your pet when you rinse. After drying them off, go ahead and poke through the fur, you should find several dead fleas clinging to the strands.
I did notice him scratching some after, but upon inspecting, it was just from the old flea bites he had that are still bothering him, I did not find one single live flea in the areas that were itching him. I'm pretty excited! Now I can help keep the number of fleas down until we can get some monthly treatments going for them AND I'm using a pretty natural product that I already use in my house and on top of that, it's CRUELTY FREE!! How great is that?? It's also really great at cleaning dishes and breaking up grime as well, just FYI!
Hope this little tip helps! And if anything, if it doesn't give you the results you want, now you have a new great liquid dish soap at least!

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danman

We have two dogs and one cat and for several months now we have been useing a lot of methods but what struck us is when we been getting this 4 dollar with 3 months worth inside and it kills the fleas and eggs for a whole month and it works try it.

Anonymous

Too much to read- ain't nobody got time for that.

JJ

Didn't seem too terribly long to me.

Anonymous

Wether or not you think the makers of Dawn test on animals, I hope you realize that all shelters use it. Anytime there is an oil spill its used on the animals. Its the safest way to clean yourself or your pets and pretty much approved by all the experts. It is the best way to cut grime, grease, and to get rid of any bugs.

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