Eliminating Fleas with Dawn Dish Detergent
If your dog suddenly begins scratching more than usual you may want to check your pet for fleas. Fleas are tiny creatures that are huge pests for both you and your pet. One female flea can lay up to 60 eggs per day, so one little flea can easily become hundreds in a short amount of time. If you find one flea on your dog you can almost bet that there are many more making your pet into their own little city. You should immediately begin treating your pet before the problem gets out of hand and ends up becoming a flea infestation in your home.
Dawn Dish Detergent and Flea Control
Dawn Dish Detergent is effective in killing fleas that are currently inhabiting your pet. After wetting your dog's fur lather your pet well with Dawn and allow it to sit on your dog for about five minutes. You should instantly notice the fleas coming to the surface of the suds on your dog. This is a good sign because it means the detergent is suffocating the fleas and killing them. After about five minutes you can rinse your pet thoroughly. Make sure to remove all of the dish detergent because you to not want to cause skin irritation on your pet.
You may also want to use a Flea Shampoo in addition to the Dawn especially if it is the time of year when fleas are at their peak. A flea shampoo can add longer lasting protection ensuring your dog will not become re-infested right away after the flea removal. If you choose to use a flea shampoo make sure you read the directions and follow them exactly. You do not want to harm your pet.
After the flea bath is completed and your dog's fur is rinsed well you can remove your dog from the tub and dry them with a towel, especially if it is colder outside. You do not want them to get a chill.
Keep all bath linens seperate from your normal wash load and be sure to wash any soiled linens in hot water immediately after use.
Long Haired Breeds
If you have a dog that has longer hair you can follow the same steps outlined above. You may want to leave the Dawn Dish Detergent on your long haired breed for about eight to ten minutes to ensure that is effective in killing the fleas.
If you also use a flea shampoo remember to follow the directions outlined on the label. Do not add extra time to their specifications because it may be hazardous to your dog's health.
Eliminating Fleas on Your Cat
You can also rid your cat of fleas with Dawn Dish Detergent. If you are careful and brave it is possible to give your cat a flea bath. I found it works best to have a second set of hands helping with this process, but it all depends on your cat's temperment.
The only difference between bathing cats and dogs is that you can not let your cat soak as long. Instead try massaging the detergent into the cats fur for a few minutes before rinsing. Be extra cautious in rinsing out all of the detergent from your cat's fur because cats are constantly grooming and cleaning themselves.
If you have both cats and dogs as pets you want to treat each of them upon the first signs of fleas because more than likely if one pet has them, they all do! This is true even if your cats do not go outside.
Ridding Your Home of Fleas
The first step of having a flea free home is treating all the pets that reside within your home. But it doesn't stop there. You must also vacuum thoroughly daily and clean any pet bedding that may have become a breeding ground for those pesky fleas.
You may also choose to use a flea spray to help eliminate any fleas and flea eggs that may be on your furniture or in your carpeting. Make sure to read all of the directions and warning that are printed on the label and follow them exactly, especially if you have young children. These sprays are pesticides and can be hazardous to both animals and humans if not used correctly!