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I need to get rid of her fleas ASAP! I use Blue Dawn Soap, but it doesn't work. I'm thinking of shaving all her hair off, so the fleas can get off easily. Her hair also doesn't grow evenly, which is annoying, because me or Mum is having to cut her hair over and over to make it even.
 

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To effectively fix a flea infestation you need to both treat the dog and the environment. Fleas jump on and off the dog and lay eggs on their bed, in the carpet, cracks in the hardwood, etc. If she doesn't have many fleas or hasn't had them for very long, you at least need to wash any beds or bedding she uses in as hot a wash cycle as possible and vacuum areas she hangs out in thoroughly every day for a while. If she has lots of fleas or it's been a very long time, you may need to resort to steam cleaning carpets and furniture and using chemical flea killers.

Dawn will only kill adult fleas on her. It's much more effective to use a long-lasting flea treatment, such as a collar or the liquid you put between shoulder blades. These will continue killing new fleas as they hatch. There's also products like Capstar that very effectively kill almost all the adult fleas on your pet very quickly, but will not continue to kill newly hatched fleas, so you usually need to combine them with a long-lasting preventative as well. Every furry pet you own should be treated, because if one has fleas, they probably all do.

Go for a high quality brand with a good reputation, and never cheap out. Hartz brand, for example, is notorious for selling products that have given animals serious chemical burns when used correctly. Some have even died. These products are still on the shelves for some awful reason. Look for brand names like Frontline, Seresto (they do collars), Advantage, Bravecto, etc. that have excellent safety records and are vet-recommended, and make sure you buy the correct version for her size and use them as directed only. You can ask your vet what they recommend, because some areas are starting to see fleas become resistant to certain treatments, and because some treatments aren't recommended for households with cats (if you have any).
 

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Thanks! That means I might have to treat my cat too- I'll have to steam clean and use the chemical flea killer, cause Mini has a bunch. I'll tell Mum about the flea killers and collars. Thank you for this info, it'll help me, Mum, and Mini out a lot!
What about shaving her? Is it okay for me to do that? Mini constantly gets stuff in her hair, and then it gets tangled in there. Mum complains about her hair not being even, but we never have time to give her a full grooming day/session.
 

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You'll definitely want to treat your cat too, consult with your vet about the best products for your household, because some dog-safe flea products can make cats extremely sick.

Is she the little yorkie in your avatar? It's totally fine to shave a yorkie, though you do at least need dog-specific clippers and a comb for the length you want if you do it yourself. Human hair clippers are less powerful and have teeth that are closer together, which makes using them on dog hair difficult and may even risk hurting your dog. A groomer is another option, but may charge extra for the fleas as they'll likely want to give her a flea bath first to avoid an infestation in their workplace.
 
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