Summer's a great season for you to have fun with your dog, but it also comes with some health concerns for them. Mosquitos are a definite danger. Infectious diseases from mosquito bites require serious medical attention ranging from heartworm removal surgery to treatments for West Nile virus. So read on for our top tips to keep your dog bite-free and safe every summer. Do you know how to protect your dog from mosquito bites?
Avoid Human Repellents
Avoid human repellents when protecting your dog from mosquito bites. Insect repellents made for humans are fine to use on your skin but are extremely toxic to your dog. The main ingredient found in these repellents is DEET which can cause your dog to vomit and seizure. This means your dog shouldn't lick you if you've put on human insect repellents.
Avoid Stagnant Water
Avoid stagnant water when protecting your dog from mosquito bites. Mosquitos breed in life-giving water. So be vigilant in areas around your home where stagnant water tends to collect. This means keeping areas dry around air conditioning units, refreshing water in dog bowls several times a day and emptying excess water from planter bases.
Avoid Certain Times
Avoid certain times when protecting your dog from mosquito bites. Mosquitos are at their most active and likeliest to bite your dog around early dawn and late dusk when the sun isn't as harsh and there's more dew on the ground. This means taking your dog outdoors at other times but also not when the sun's too hot for them to be outside.
Use Dog Repellents
Use dog repellents when protecting your dog from mosquito bites. Insect repellents made for dogs are absolutely fine to use on your dog's skin. Some flea and tick repellents also work to repel mosquitos so read the fine print or consult others. This means looping in your trusted dog walker or pet sitter on dog insect repellents.
Use Natural Repellents
Use natural repellents when protecting your dog from mosquito bites. Insect repellents made from natural ingredients can often be used on both dog and human skin. Lemon eucalyptus oil is often used in these repellents to keep mosquitos at bay. This means you'll need to do research on natural insect repellents.
Summer is full of good times to spend with your dog, but it's also full of disease-bearing mosquitos. So follow this easy plan to keep mosquitos from biting your best friend.
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