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    Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    After trying every home remedy for fleas and ticks, I gave up and ordered frontline, which arrived today. So, I'm wanting to give my girls a good bath before I put it on them, so which is better, Dawn or the cheap flea shampoo that I can't remember its name?

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    Re: Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    If it were me, I'd just use a regular dog shampoo. I'd be afraid of mixing the chemicals in a flea shampoo with the Frontline and I think the Dawn would strip too much of the natural oils.


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    Re: Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    I wouldn't use either on my dogs -ever-. I agree with Reno on bathing with a QUALITY dog shampoo (not one of those intended to kill pests) to avoid a reaction.

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    Re: Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    Did you try mixing a bit of white vinegar on their water? It works, but it takes time to work -___-

    Other than that, Dawn works pretty good, and it's a softener,and humectant, so it won't strip your dogs natural oils as aggressive as constant bathing will.

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    Re: Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    Don't you have to wait some time after a shampoo to apply Frontline? I'm not sure about that but you might want to check.

    I wouldn't use either flea shampoo or Dawn. I would use a regular dog shampoo or Mane & Tail.
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    Re: Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    Years ago, I actually bathed my cat in Dawn as a tiny kitten when she first came home, per a friend's advice. It killed ALL the fleas. BUT, I've been doing some reading recently about how it can possibly be toxic if the dog/cat ingests it or even licks themselves! I'm not sure how valid it is, but it scared me.

    What I do for my dogs is put 5-10 drops of eucalyptus oil in a regular-sized bottle of doggy shampoo, shake it up and use! I also have a spray bottle of the same oil diluted in water, which I use in between baths. While I had problems at this house last summer with fleas (which is NOT NORMAL for CO BTW), I have yet to see a flea.

    If I ever do see a single flea, I sprinkle food-grade Diatomaceous Earth on the carpet, pet bedding, etc. and vacuum like mad! Fleas don't really thrive in CO, so when there is a problem, it's pretty easy to cure.

    Not looking forward to moving to TX and having to put chemicals in or on my dogs. <_< In fact, that's good thread material... *runs away*

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    Re: Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    I second the neither option. You don't need flea shampoo cause the Frontline should kill the fleas and Dawn is harsh on our skin... can't be good for a dog. Get a regular dog shampoo.

    And bathe the dog two days before or after (this per my vet's recomendations to people) you put the frontline on or you will mess up with getting hte proper amount of frontline to be on the dog.

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    Re: Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    I use Dawn. Always works for me. You can dilute it half and half with water.

    One time I finished a Champion using only Sunlight, Dawn and cheapie dog shampoo. This was a Tricolor to boot. ;-)

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    Re: Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    Dawn and flea shampoo have their place. I just don't think that either is a good choice before using a flea med like Frontline. Just me though..


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    Re: Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    Quote Originally Posted by txcollies View Post
    I use Dawn. Always works for me. You can dilute it half and half with water.

    One time I finished a Champion using only Sunlight, Dawn and cheapie dog shampoo. This was a Tricolor to boot. ;-)
    I've used Dawn safely as well both on my dogs and cat. Because it lathers up better than pet shampoo I only use a 1/4 of what I normally would. I also use it whenever I was thier beds and toys.

    Whatever the OP decides if they do give a bath they need to wait 24 hrs before then can apply the frontline. The oils in a dogs caot are needed to help disperse the chemicals.

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    Re: Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    I would recommend DogOsuds, which is an all natural shampoo that contains 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. The base is an olive, coconut and jojoba oil so it's great for your dog's skin. And the peppermint/tea tree variety naturally repels fleas. And, it will kill the fleas that are on your dog when bathed. There are no chemicals in it that may react with a topical flea treatment.

    This has NO reaction with topical flea meds. DogOsuds has no medications in it at all. It actually is like a spa treatment for your dog's skin and coat. AND, it rinses instantly, which is huge! You don't want to use a "cheap flea shampoo" as you referred to, because although the itching may stop due to the lack of fleas, the itching may start again because of the drying out of your dog's skin.

    And, because DogOsuds does not strip natural oils from your dog's skin, you would not have to wait too long to apply a topical flea treatment.

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    Re: Dawn or cheap flea shampoo?

    Quote Originally Posted by pamperedpups View Post
    I wouldn't use either on my dogs -ever-. I agree with Reno on bathing with a QUALITY dog shampoo (not one of those intended to kill pests) to avoid a reaction.
    x2, I use earthbath (same type of thing Dinovite users), its pretty expensive but i know im not harming the environment, and its gentle on my puppies skin. They also have a no-tears formula so your pup wont become afraid of the shower.

    I also bought this stuff called "breeze" its like fabreeze but kills flea eggs. Smells great too.
    Last edited by boon4376; 06-19-2009 at 02:40 PM.

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