Mosquito Repellent For Dogs

June 19, 2018

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Wasps, flies and mosquitoes, oh my!  Humans aren't the only ones on the pest's menu.  Our pets are preyed upon too and while it may sound like a good idea to spray your pet with the same bug spray we use, don't!  DEET, the active ingredient that keeps mosquitoes off people, can be toxic for dogs. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reports side effect ranging from vomiting and skin irritation to breathing problems and seizures, depending on the strength of DEET and how much product was used. Picardin is another common active ingredient in insect repellent that's made for people. It doesn't typically come with the same warnings for pets as DEET, but vets often still suggest caution. There are several products specifically designed to repel mosquitoes from your dog. Most of these products are topical treatments that you apply once a month. Check with your vet to make sure the products are safe given your dog's age, size and health. If you'd rather not use chemicals on your dog, you may want to consider natural mosquito repellents. Apple cider vinegar. According to the Whole Dog Journal, insects like fleas and mosquitoes aren't fans of the smell and taste. Mix up equal parts vinegar to water in a spray bottle and apply to your dog's neck, torso, tail and coat. The geranium and soybean oils combo can repel insects, according to fans of essential oils. Mix 1 teaspoon geranium oil with 10 teaspoons soybean oil and store in a glass bottle or spray bottle. Spray or rub on your pet's skin, avoiding eyes, nose, mouth and any open, sore spots. Lemon eucalyptus oil; found to be safe for people and pets, this oil comes in many different versions, including an oil that can clip onto your pet's collar so it never directly touches the skin.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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