Can I wash my dog with Dawn?

asked 2017-03-15 17:57:54 -0500

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Yes. Also lemon joy. Fleas hate citric acid. Don't get it in the eyes or ears.

Corrinna C.'s profile image Corrinna C.  ( 2019-02-11 07:09:44 -0500 ) edit

I sent an email to Procter and Gamble. And they said No.

Sanae C.'s profile image Sanae C.  ( 2019-03-28 08:14:09 -0500 ) edit

Of course not Sanae, they would never recommend their product for anything other than washing dishes. Doesnt mean that the stuff is toxic or harmful, just that they don't recommend it. They advertise that it will wash oil spillage off of ducks in their commercials, I think my doodle can handle it.

Mark G.'s profile image Mark G.  ( 2020-03-08 16:17:58 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2017-03-16 00:06:49 -0500

Yes, the blue original formula Dawn, which usually has a photo of the ducks that they advertise the help in their safe for the wildlife commercials where the company is called upon to help with using that product to clean up birds after oil spills and such. Unscented is best scents in this case are achieved through additional chemicals, which can trigger allergies or be too harsh. And, Dawn blue helps repel fleas. So, if you're in a pinch without dog formulated shampoo&conditioner, this will do.

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NO! P&G does not recommend it as a pet shampoo.

Sanae C.'s profile image Sanae C.  ( 2019-03-28 08:20:09 -0500 ) edit

I have used it on my Dogs and also my self I shower as it does not leave a ring that I have to clean off . Really like and trust it

Lorenzo K.'s profile image Lorenzo K.  ( 2020-04-16 00:38:43 -0500 ) edit
answered 2019-02-08 06:50:52 -0500

If you have an absolute emergency you might consider it. However pretty much there is no emergency of this sort and Dawn is wrong for dogs.

Dawn is the wrong pH for the dog's skin. Dawn contains at least two known components that are linked to cancer. Dawn strips the dog's mantle (outer skin) of natural oils and more and may leave the dog far more capable of getting skin issues based on diet and environment. Dawn is often not thoroughly washed out of dog's hair/fur and from skin. This can leave the dog itchy and with irritated skin.

Dawn is used in worst case issues on birds covered in oil because it is strong, because it is fast, and because it allow those trying to save animals from death to have the oil quickly removed (more animals can be cleaned) and then faster towards all efforts to deal with the animals' feathers, skin and other animal's fur and skin (additional treatments). Dawn is NOT a flea shampoo. Just because it can kill fleas, doesn't make it safe or a good choice.

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I have also used Dawn per Veterinarians orders on cats with Organophosphate toxicity caused by owners applying canine topical flea treatment. Advantix is the most common as it is only for use on dogs. The cats have neurologic symptoms and we must quickly wash it off of them and start treatment.

Darla P.'s profile image Darla P.  ( 2019-02-24 02:40:59 -0500 ) edit
answered 2020-03-07 08:35:12 -0500

You can purchase a flea trap online or make your own by combining dish washing soap and water in a shallow container. Place it under the light because fleas are often attracted to the heat. The dishwashing soap will capture any flea that accidentally jumps on it and prevents it from jumping out. Upon coming back, start to vacuum and steam clean all over the house. Wash the dog/cat’s bed and the bed sheets to remove any traces of flea infestation.

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answered 2019-02-19 06:37:08 -0500

As a normal shampoo I would say no. However, I had a dog that was having an issue with his allergies. The vet recommended washing the dog with Dawn because it strips away any residue or oils left from whatever was causing the allergy that may have still been stuck in his coat or on his skin. The vet also said to use a gentle, skin-sensitive shampoo before drying. So Dawn is a good alternative to removing anything from the coat or skin that may not come off with shampoo. Your vet can advise when or if Dawn should be used.

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answered 2017-03-16 17:51:54 -0500

Not as a regular shampoo! The main reason why Dawn is used on the bird oil spill commercials is because the ingredients work to quickly remove the oil from their fur and skin. Same with removing skunk sprays - the detergent works to remove the oil that clings to the dog's fur. It's excellent in breaking up and removing oil/stains, but it is too harsh for most dogs. If your pup has allergies and sensitive skin, using detergents may exacerbate their issues. That's why dog shampoo is recommended, it's mild enough so that your pup's fur and skin can be happy and healthy.

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answered 2019-03-03 20:25:32 -0500

Yes you totally can!! You only need a dab at first in a cup/bowl/bucket of water so that the soap is diluted (that is important). You can add more as needed but definitely start with a small amount.

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answered 2019-04-02 11:42:32 -0500

For dogs and other easy-to-bathe pets, you will need Dawn dish detergent. Using Dawn is recommended because it works best for killing the fleas where other brands may not, and it's the safest for your pet.

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Dawn will not kill fleas, only paralyzes them long enough to get the washed off... a proper vet recommended flea medication is always best for long term use.

Ana P.'s profile image Ana P.  ( 2019-05-10 11:50:17 -0500 ) edit
answered 2017-03-15 18:51:48 -0500

Dawn dish detergent is a liquid soap usually used for washing dishes, but it can serve a variety of other purposes. Dawn is designed to cut through kitchen grease, but it will also wash away built-up oils on your dog's skin and coat that can make your pup look and feel less than his best. In addition to washing away excess oils, lavender-scented Dawn dish detergent, which is available in stores, will repel fleas

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answered 2019-02-28 02:07:20 -0500

Yes, just be super careful on the face and be sure it has no extra fragrances or dyes.

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