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Bug spray on dogs?

This might be a really dumb question, but can I spray the bug spray I use on myself on the dog? When we are outside the gnats seem to flock to him, and it drives him crazy. This would not be in place of his flea medicine, obviously. We just spend a lot of time outside in the summer and Bogey is usually with us. I'd like to keep him as comfortable as posisble. Do they make dog bug spray?


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I wouldn't suggest spraying any of those chemicals on the dog. Hopefully others will have some alternatives for you
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I never used bug spray on my dogs, courious if it would work!
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Well, after some googling here is what I found:

1. Avoid bug sprays with Deet in them
2. There are some products especially for dogs. The two I found were Farnam Flys Off (available at PetCo) and Bush Splash by Muskoka Woodlands (can't find a place that sells this)
3. I also found this recipe for Citronella dog spray:

Citronella Bug Spray for Dogs Recipe

1/3 cup ethyl rubbing alcohol
1 drop liquid hand soap (plain, unscented)
3 teaspoons citronella essential oil
2 teaspoons camphor oil
2 tablespoons mineral oil

In a small bowl or jar, add ethyl rubbing alcohol and camphor oil, gently stirring to combine. Then add citronella, continuing to gently stir. Then add liquid hand soap and mineral oil. Pour liquid into a small spray bottle (you can find them in the garden supply area, or smaller travel-sized ones in the beauty section).

To use, spray mist your dog lightly, avoiding the eye area, and any areas of broken skin (ie. from previous bug bites that are hot spots).

But this was just a Google search, so I'm enjoy hearing what everyone else thinks.


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I have the Avon brand bug spray without sunscreen. For humans you do not have to wash it off as soon as you go inside (if you read the bottles and cans of off they say or at least did that you should wash off immediately afterr going inside makes you feel real comfortable putting it on doesn't it?) When I use the Avon one on myself I don't feel as if I'm wearing any spray but it works great. And doesn't smell awful.

I don't spray it on heavy. I spray a small cloud above Tinkerbell and let it float down to her.


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They make bug sprays for horses that contains Permethrin. It's what is typically in things like flea/tick dips or shampoos as well. You can use it on dogs just use it sparingly and not on the face. Usually best to wash it off afterwards when possible. I found that using a shampoo that has tea tree oil andmint in it works wonders to help keep the bugs at bay for Amber. Otherwise I have used the horse spray on a bandana around her neck and that seemed to help as well. Otherwise I have given a very light mist on her backside and feathers which worked nicely to keep her from being eaten alive by mosquitoes when overnight camping. Make sure you either dilute the stuff if you get the products made for horses OR buy nothing more then .50% permethrin as the active ingrediant. Alot of the time the horse spray is usually pretty strong and made to work for 7-14 days. You can check with the local Tractor supply company or livetock stores as it's most oftent he cheapest place to find any dog products including medicines, vaccinations, epinephrine(and auto injectors), deworming meds...etc

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Here's a natural one for pets ... and they make one for humans too. DEET free...chemical free.

You CANNOT use the human one on the dogs (but you can use the dog one on humans).

This will repel flying insects, but not ticks, so keep up with the Frontline.

Scroll about 1/2 way down the page:

http://www.homs.com/

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I am a mosquito magnet. There could be 100 people in a field and all the mozzies would bite me!

I use clothing products from Buzz Off/Mumz/Insect Shield to keep them away. My husband has a large brim hat, I have two caps, one with the neck shield, a shirt, pants, socks and several bandanas. Perhaps you could use a bandana to keep those pesky critters away. Sierra Trading post has them on clearance right now http://www.sierratradingpost.com/sea...criptions=True

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Don't quote me on this but I think I remember my breeder mentioning some sort of "Outdoor Lotion" made by Burt's Bees applied by rubbing some into your palms and grazing their coat.

Not sure if Burt's is a Canada-only product or not. I'm going to go check a website and see if I can find the realy name of the outdoor lotion...
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http://www.burtsbees.ca/webapp/wcs/s...201&langId=-12

It might be this stuff, but I thought I remembered her saying something about a lotion. I'll send her an e-mail and report back when I get a reply.
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