I've used it... but I don't recommend it. First - dawn dish soap bubbles and bubbles and bubbles... trying to get it all off is very difficult. Secondly - dawn takes grease out of the way - but it also strips the oils from a pups coat and can make them itchy.
I prefer to wash with oatmeal shampoos like Aveno and rinse with water and Avon Skin So Soft - it helps keep the fleas and other pests away.
In general the reason people use the dawn is for killing fleas on very young pups. Pups cannot be bathed in anything intended to kill fleas until 12 weeks of age. So, this is an great optional way without harming them. Yes, it is quite sudsy....dilute half and half with water before using and only a tiny bit is needed. Once they are 6 weeks or older, using a flea killing shampoo is generally safe as long as it is also diluted with water 1/2 and 1/2.
I have heard of it too. My groomer said to use the citrus flavored one. I guess there is something about it that helps kill fleas off quicker. I would just try and keep it away from the eyes as much as possible.
I have heard bathing puppies under 6 weeks for fleas you can use Dawn Dish Soap has anyone done that or knows if it is safe
The key words here in her post being, under 6 weeks.
You have to be careful and give the full information when responding to a post and giving advice because some people wouldn't know any better, and take what some people say as the words of professionals. I am not saying this is the case with the OP, just keep in mind this is a public forum and lots of people browse and read this site. Not everyone is a "member" who posts regularly.
It would be a shame if something happened to young puppies because of vague words of advice.
i just recently got a 6 week old kitten with the same problem, massive flea infestation, an abandoned cat. i tried OTC flea remedies for a day, but the vet said they can make puppies and kittens ill or kill them.
i tried the dawn method. my vet said a solution of one part dawn to three parts water. i mixed this with my finger(to avoid the annoying foaming action) and dipped a washcloth in it, rubbing it into the fur.
the fleas poured off my baby, looked like soldiers pouring over a hill in a war movie, haven't seen a flea since. rinsed him off thoroughly, and his fur and skin seemed clean and healthy, no flaking or scratching as though it was dry.
I had a flea problem for the first time in 11 years. It was a bad year for fleas this year, and I did choose to use frontline (because I had a heck of a lot of dogs that I didn't want to permanently infest my whole house with fleas.
I didn't take any ones advice and vacume with anything special, the frontline just did it's job. On young young puppies/kittens, if you use frontline on the mother, it WILL protect the babies.
That said, if I only had a minor problem with 1-2 dogs, I would have used something less harsh like the dish soap.
You don't HAVE to use Frontline or similar products.....you know it wasn't too far off that people didn't have ANYTHING to treat their animals with....then I imagine it was a whole lot of flea picking.
Anyway, Frontline is an easy effective way out for most animals but it is NOT LABELED for animals under 8 weeks.