Tip from a dog groomer: original blue dawn dishsoap is an organic 100% safe flea killer. Soak your dog in blue dawn for 5+ mins and then rinse and wash with your normal shampoo. This only kills fleas/eggs ON your pet but extremely effective.
Shaving cream with barbasol! I'm serious. It doesn't kill the unhatched fleas but theres no hope for any flea to escape. My boyfriend told me about this and I didn't believe him until we tried it. We lathered the English bulldog and our pekingese/shih tzu mix puppies with regular old barbasol, left it on a couple of minutes, and watched dead fleas go down the drain. Since it doesn't kill unhatched fleas, and they can take anywhere from 2-12 days to hatch, give your babies 3 more shaving cream baths (1 every 5 days). Ofcourse you can't beat prescription flea medication, but if you can't afford it right now, do this and give your puppies some relief. (don't get it in their eyes please)
Okay, I have tried many products, frontline, etc...flea dips, and now I am on home remedies because I can't see putting store bought remedies on my dogs when they don't last. So tonight I took a spray bottle (generic), dumped in olive oil and vinegar. Now I mixed 50/50, so for those that don't want to use olive oil, I will bet any kind will do..(household kind, please!) then, I grabbed the handy 'Dawn' dish soap, dog, and spray bottle...off to the bathroom...bathe dog with the dish soap, start at the head and work the lather to the tail, fleas die on contact... RINSE of the dish soap, next shake spray bottle, and spray dog... same way, AVOID the eyes!!! Rub in, now this mixture stays on...towel off dog...so far all fleas dead and dog smells like salad...we swept our furniture, and put old sheets on them for duration of this to see how long this works...we are now three hours...not a single flea with '12' Chihuahuas...they seem happy...I don't know if this will last longer than a few days, but we don't have carpet in our house, and we wash bedding regularly, so...please give input!
I have found in my experience that the only thing that takes care of fleas on the dogs is a high end flea treatment such as Frontlines Top Spot, K-9 Advantix. I have siberian huskies, and their fur is so thick the little parasites have a lot of places to hide. But if you treat your dogs and you have fleas in your home, they will infest your dogs again, as soon as the treatment begins to wear off. I've found the best way to treat your home, other than a bug bomb where you and your pets cannot return for 24 hours, is boric acid. I get it at Dollar General, but I believe it's also available at Wal-Mart. I know, ACID?!? It's not that kind of acid. It's a powder, and it kills fleas almost instantly and its non toxic to you or your dogs. Just sprinkle on your carpets liberally, as you would any scented carpet powder, then vacuum thoroughly. Enough of the powder will remain below the surface to kill the fleas. Also, spread around outside dog lots and pens to keep them from jumping back on your dog and tracking them back inside, starting the nightmare all over again.
If your house is infested with fleas try this simple method you need a lamp with which bends take the light shade off it make sure the globe is pointing downwards place on floor and put bowl of water with dish washing liquid under it and leave the light going all night the fleas are attracted to the light fall off the light into the water and drown the beauty of this method is it works and once you have the light you can do it as often as you need to
If you want a way to kill fleas with a bath use DAWN dish SOAP. Put some by their ears and face so they dont try to hide near their eyes or in their ears. it kills the eggs. you will see them bleed. The fleas die as well. Leave the dog in a lather for a min to make sure you got them all and they will die. We have a few dogs and this works every time. No point in wasting money on expensive shampoo that may not work. You probably use this on your dishes already.
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!
To kill fleas on my dog I used lavender fabric softener mixed with a good squirt of anti dandruff hair shampoo (about twice as much you would use for a normal hair wash) make up to two liters with water and mix well, pour some on your dog and rub in, repeat until your dog is saturated. It will kill fleas in less than 10 seconds
Head & Shoulders shampoo kills fleas on your pet. Lather him or her up real good leave it on a few mins,keep lathering and u will see the DEAD fleas come off. The stuff is amazing and it doesn't dry there skin!!!! My dog was scratching i thought just a couple of fleas I was flabbergasted at how many fleas he had...poor baby. Now all gone he's happy I'm happy:-)
Great results! Cheap! Easy!
Using Dawn dishwashing soap, lather up your dog, wait 5 minutes, rinse well. You may want to follow with a conditioner and a good rinse, but not neccessary. Treat surroundins as well by sprikling Borax inside your home and out. Make sure to shake out dog bedding (wash, if possible) and sprinkle it with borax. You can dissolve the borax in water and spray your lawn, if you wish. Sprinkle dog house with borax. Vacuum house after a few hours and empty canister outside. Repeat in 3 days. Borax can be bought at Walmart in the laundry soap area for about $3.00/box.