I don’t know about you but the mosquitoes are out in full force where we are. No matter that our town sprays for them and that we have bug zappers all over the place, they’re still swarming. We also have something called a SKEETER VAC which is worth its’ weight in gold in a normal mosquito year and which is doing overtime now. Mosquitoes also bother the pooches, too, and in fact are a carrier of heartworm which is why it is is SO important that you keep up with regular treatments to prevent this. Val acquired heartworm while wandering the streets of New Orleans, Post Katrina, and so we have to monitor him closely. K9 Advantix and Frontline have mosquito repellant in their formulas in addition to protection for your pooch from fleas and ticks. Lemon eucalyptus oils have been documented as an “all natural” remedy against mosquitos. The REPEL brand has received good reviews from Amazon and can be found at outdoor stores like REI and even Target. Along with Amazon, your local pet stores and doggie catalogs have plenty of offerings but it’s best to read all the labels and decide which one you personally wish to try. For Brandy and Val, we don’t use any repellent but we do limit their time outside romping on the lawn and we keep their heartworm and flea treatments up to date. So far, they don’t seem to be scratching or picking more than usual so I am hoping that their bites are far and few between. On the natural front, Dogs Naturally has an article worth reading on natural remedies for pets.
I’ve even heard that if your dog is bitten and gets a red welt, the use of calamine lotion on the spot helps the itching. However, if ingested, the lotion can be toxic so if it’s in an out-of-the-way spot or you can figure out how to put a bandage on it, I guess it’s ok. I also assume, ingestion quantities depend on the quantity and size of the dog. ALWAYS confirm with a vet or animal specialist before deciding to put something on or give your dog something you think might be harmless as it may not be.
If you see bugs swarming around the dogs, bring them inside! Also, make sure there is no standing water around your property which gives the buggers a breeding ground. I often forget to empty out flower pots or saucers that accumulate water. A definite NO NO! If you have a water fountain or pond, ensure that there is circulating water and if you have birdbaths, refresh the water frequently.
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