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Bugs- safe bug repellant for dogs?

erykah1310
May 3rd, 2006, 11:32 AM
Hey, blackfly season is coming with a vengance!!!! Soon to follow with ontarios provincial bird the MOSQUITO!!!
IS there any pet safe bug repellent that i can use on the dogs while camping this year??
For example we use Raid and so on for ourselves, what can be used for the dogs??

jessi76
May 3rd, 2006, 11:46 AM
Avon's Skin So Soft oil mixed with water can be safely used. It does work, but not great.

I have the same problem w/ my dog's ears... they're HUGE and stick straight up, very thin hair, and get eaten alive. I've been using "Family Skintastic" bug spray - spray on a cotton ball, then apply to his ears. When outside time is finished, I wash his ears off.

another way to go is natural. I know garlic repells some pests. (garlic added to food, or taken as a supplement)

happycats
May 3rd, 2006, 11:47 AM
Here's a web site, that tests all bug sprays. Very informative! shows natural ones as well, (there is a section on safety too)
http://www.bug-spray.com/info.htm

hope it helps:)

happycats
May 3rd, 2006, 12:02 PM
Buzz-away is supposed to be the best "child safe" repellent going. And it's supposed to be all natural. (I figure if it's child safe, it's probably okay for pets). http://www.quantumhealth.com/news/buzzhousekeeping.html

coppperbelle
May 3rd, 2006, 06:59 PM
Take a large lemon and slice it paper thin. Put the slices into a bowl with a tablespoon of crushed rosemary leaves. Pour over the top of this a quart of hot, nearly boiling water. Let this steep overnight, then strain and put into a large spritzer bottle. Use a new spray bottle and not one that contained a cleaning chemical.
Shake well before applying and keep in the refrigerator when not in use.

dogmelissa
June 3rd, 2006, 01:55 PM
I was going to start a new post, but decided to put it here...

I've heard that catnip oil when sprayed on, acts as a mosquito repellant. Not as good as DEET-based ones, but a much nicer version. I bought a bottle of catnip extract spray which is supposed to be used on cat trees, scratching posts, etc, to encourage cats to scratch or play with them, but I'm thinking I'll spray it on my dog to keep the 'squitos off him. All my pets, including the dog, love to eat this stuff, so I can't see any reason why it would hurt them, plus maybe the cats will like the dog more if he smells like catnip!

Here's some articles on it, and I'll re-post later and let you know if my dog still seems to be lunch for the 'squitos or not.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/nwgardens/90412_lovejoy10.shtml
http://www.kookykat.com/catnipessentialoils.htm
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010828075659.htm
http://www.mosquitosolutions.com/catnip.html
http://altnature.com/gallery/catnip_mosquito_repllent.htm

Melissa

K9Friend
June 3rd, 2006, 03:32 PM
I've used citronella on my dog. It helps for a while but you need to refresh and spray every 2 hrs or so.

BoxerRescueMTL
June 3rd, 2006, 10:08 PM
I use an all natural bug spray that is made for horses but is safe for pets. You can buy it at tack shops as a spray or a concentrate that you can mix w/water. I buy the concentrate that seems expensive but you need so little in the water that it lasts forever. It makes my pooches coats really soft and shiny and it smells really good. It is very effective. I can't remember the name right now - it might be by Absorbine, it has a green label. I can check the name tommorow if anyone is interested.

mafiaprincess
June 3rd, 2006, 10:38 PM
Watch feeding garlic. It has similar properties to onions and similar warnings about giving it to dogs. I can't find a safe vs not safe amount though.

dogmelissa
June 4th, 2006, 02:24 PM
I can't remember the name right now - it might be by Absorbine, it has a green label. I can check the name tommorow if anyone is interested.

I'd be interested in knowing.... is this something that you can just apply once a day, or how does it work?
Melissa

cpietra16
June 4th, 2006, 02:37 PM
I use an all natural bug spray that is made for horses but is safe for pets. You can buy it at tack shops as a spray or a concentrate that you can mix w/water. I buy the concentrate that seems expensive but you need so little in the water that it lasts forever. It makes my pooches coats really soft and shiny and it smells really good. It is very effective. I can't remember the name right now - it might be by Absorbine, it has a green label. I can check the name tommorow if anyone is interested.


I'd be interested too....

Is it safe for kids?? I am trying to find something that doesn't smell like they came out of a chemical plant. If it makes them smell good and makes them shiny...all the better:D

BoxerRescueMTL
June 4th, 2006, 03:47 PM
Hi there! It is made by Absorbine. It's called SuperShield Green (don't buy the red one it's all chemicals!!!) It doesn't say if it is safe for kids, but it is safe for pets, horses, livestock and on clothing. It is $40 and it makes 2 litres. I use it every day.

dogmelissa
June 26th, 2006, 08:23 PM
Sorry for the delay, I've been busy!! This sounds good and I will look for it at my local UFA store. I think I have the best chance of finding it there. I haven't been using the catnip as I've been avoiding being outside when the squiters are, and we've had a lot of rain so there hasn't been any for awhile. But now the sun is out and the puddles are full of hatching squitos and I'm going camping at Gull Lake on the weekend... so I'll need something I can put on me and my pooch!

Thanks!!
Melissa

dogmelissa
July 11th, 2006, 09:13 PM
Another new idea.... for those of you with no horse-stuff store, or who, like me, keep forgetting about it.

http://www.recipegoldmine.com/houseDG/house132.html

Sounds interesting, and since my parents go to mexico almost every year (or at least the southern US) and get pure vanilla practically free, I have lots of vanilla available.

I will try this on me & Cube and let you know if it works.
Melissa