How do I give my pet a flea bath?

Flea baths are an OK way to get rid of fleas on your pet. They will kill the adults, mainly, as they drown in the water or are killed by the chemicals. Remember, though, that a flea bath cannot work alone. Flea eggs are all over your house if you've got adult fleas, and you'll need to use other methods suggested on this site if you actually want to get rid of them.


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First thing to do is decide whether you want to give your pet a normal bath with flea shampoo or use a flea dip. These are two different things, though neither of them is really more effective than the other. A flea dip is generally a quicker version where you rely on a chemical solution instead of pure water. A flea shampoo is a regular bath only you lather in a shampoo with mild insecticides. Flea shampoos usually have less harsh chemicals in them, so that might be the only reason to prefer that - but they also often don't kill other parasites like lice, etc.

There are only a couple other factors to think about. If you've got a kitten or a puppy, using either of these isn't a good idea. They are developing and are more vulnerable to side effects from the chemicals. Use baby shampoo instead - it won't kill the fleas, but it is sticky and will get a lot off them off the pet. You can lather it in and kill a lot of them by drowning.

If you've got a dog, it will probably be easy - give them the bath as recommended on whatever product you're using. You may need to start doing it regularly if you want to see an effect.

If you've got a cat, you will have more trouble. Flea dips may be easier because it doesn't take as long. You'll need to learn how to give a cat a bath.

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