How to Wash a Dog with Flea Shampoo

15 - 30 Minutes
1 Week


There is nothing worse than going over your pup's skin only to find that the reason he has been scratching is that he is infested with fleas! Joey likes to play outside, which only increases his risk of flea infestation. If you are not sure, you can use a flea comb to pull out live fleas, eggs, and some flea dirt. However, to properly get rid of them, Joey is going to need a flea bath, followed by treatment. The thing to keep in mind is that when looking for a vet-approved flea shampoo, you need one that will kill the fleas at all stages. You can also make your own natural flea shampoo that does not contain an insecticide. 

Dog's Perspective

The only thing Joey knows is that he itches and needs to scratch constantly. It is driving him nuts! But until you find the fleas, there isn't much else he can do about it. No matter what shampoo you choose, be sure to check with Joey's vet to make sure it is safe to use on him and how frequently you can bathe him. 

Caution & Considerations

  • Never use a shampoo intended for use on cats or humans on Joey, as many of them contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs.
  • The same applies to flea shampoos made for cats. Never use them on dogs as they can make Joey sick or worse.
  • Be sure you wash all of Joey's bedding and toys to rid them of fleas. Keep an eye on his blankets and beds after your flea treatment to make sure that the fleas do not return.
  • There are spray treatments for your carpets and furniture, so make sure you use them. If you don't, the fleas will simply hop back on Joey, starting the whole cycle all over again.
  • Since fleas lay eggs at a proliferate rate, it may take several treatments to get rid of them all.
  • While natural treatments may take longer to work than chemical ones, they are far less harmful to Joey and may help to save you money as well. 
  • If fleas are proliferating in your area, you may want to talk to your vet about flea treatments for Joey that can help act as a preventative. 


Fleas carry diseases that can be very harmful for Joey and can lead to significant blood loss through their many bites, causing Joey to scratch himself raw. It is your job not to let fleas become a problem by giving Joey routine flea baths. Doing this regularly will ensure that he stays happy and healthy! 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

Book me a walkiee?
Sketch of smiling australian shepherd