Comments on Dish Soap As a Dog Shampoo?

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Torchy   Chicago, Illinois

11/27/2014 6:31:06 PM

A shot of Dawn, Joy, Ivory or Palmolive in a quart of warm water makes a good dog shampoo and kills fleas instantly, by the way. Dog groomers typically use it as a first bath to cut through the grease and dirt - especially on the feet/tail/ears/underline - then follow it up with a regular shampoo and a conditioner. Chances are excellent if you take your pooch to a grooming parlor your pooch is washed at least once, or in spots, with a solution of dishwashing liquid because it is safe and it works. And contrary to one poster saying it is not cost effective to do so, you can buy a gallon of concentrated Dawn at Sam's for less than $12 whereas the average gallon of decent dog shampoo starts at around $40.

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Darla   Portsmough, Virginia

11/16/2014 12:33:34 PM

Dawn is used in extreme cases when animals are covered in toxic grease and oil. Imagine the harm it does to a healthy animal's skin and coat that contain natural oils meant to keep the animal healthy.

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nobody i guess   fort wayne, Indiana

12/28/2013 5:50:22 PM

Seriously? I want everyone who thinks washing your dog with dawn dish soap(which is made for CUTTING GREASE) is such a good idea to go wash your hair and body right now with it. It would leave your skin extremely dry and probably make your hair snap off. It strips ALL the oil that dogs NEED in their fur and skin. They make dog shampoos for a reason. If you really care about your dog dont wash them with Dawn.

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Travis   Houston, Texas

12/4/2013 6:03:15 AM

It's best if you use dawn ultra I think it has a baby duck on the bottle it was used during the oil spill I own a kennel we use it all the time matter fact for years no concern.

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m   phoenix, Arizona

7/29/2013 12:53:42 PM

what is on the market is not always what is best for your dog, nor for yourself or your family, for that matter. the fact is that dawn dish soap is an effective, safe, and inexpensive way to clean your animals and get rid of fleas and smells, if treated properly and at the right frequency. you need to use ORIGINAL BLUE dawn dish soap, not the lemon crap these loons are going around telling people. and to the blogger's lackluster attempt at answering your question: just because something is marketed as a dog shampoo does not mean that it is safe or even effective. dogs are a lot like people and they have many different reactions in their skin and coat to the types of shampoos that may be marketed towards all "dogs" but really have no consideration for each dog's individual need. it's not just about breed; it's about your specific dog. if market shampoos happen work, then by all means, use it. but don't just flock to them because you believe that what's marketed is inherently "safe" because that is the farthest thing from the truth, and you shouldn't try to push your misguided faith in marketed products' safety on others, either.

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Terry   OP, Florida

6/22/2013 2:33:36 PM

I just washed my Dachshunds with Dawn original (blue) soap and added a bit of Peppermint Castile soap. Lathered up great and definitely saw dead fleas immediately. Two are short hairs and 1 is a long hair and they feel very soft & have a great smell. My long hair hair female has very sensitive skin and is already itching/scratching/biting much less. I figured it the wildlife rescue folks will wash baby animals in Dawn, I could wash my little ones in it too!

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Kim   Merion, Pennsylvania

4/24/2013 9:55:05 AM

Dawn has chemical fragrance. try Sun & Earth dish liquid instead. no chemicals.

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B   Cal City, Illinois

2/17/2013 9:58:57 AM

Dawn is what is used to clean animals after an oil spill. Not only is it safe, but it's effective for dogs. Out groomer follows the Dawn shampoo with an oatmeal shampoo.

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Taylor   Orange Park, Florida

11/21/2012 5:34:40 PM

My groomer uses Dawn original scent and then follows it up with an oatmeal soak/bath since my dog gets dry skin in the winter and she comes out so soft and smelling great! She loves it!

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MaLisa   Fernandina Beach, FL

3/13/2011 7:30:45 PM

Two of our local shelters and a couple of our groomers use the blue Dawn dish detergent to kill fleas and to whiten white dogs. I was told the blue Dawn is the only one that works. I would love to find any shampoo that kills fleas that well. For a bad bout of fleas we wet, them soap them up with a thick lather, let it sit for about two minutes and rinse. If I see any move I lather them up again. I have never had to lather more than twice to kill ALL of the fleas!

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Amy   Watertown, NY

3/5/2011 1:28:03 PM

Dawn dishsoap works great and I wouldn't hestitate to use it instead of pet shampoo. I think it is much more gentle and doesn't dry their skin as much. Many professionals use it when they must bathe an animal more then normal.

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mimi   Southport, NC

3/3/2010 8:34:59 AM

Our vet also recommended dish soap to bathe our dog. The first time I used it was to combat a bout of fleas and it worked very well. I am so surprised how beautiful his coat looks after washing him, I am almost tempted to try it on me!

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