Make Homemade Insect Repellent for Dogs

Edited by Rose B, Lynn, Anonymous, Robbi and 2 others

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People are not the only ones who have issues with mosquitos and other pests. It's a fact that they can also attack and cause problems for our pets.

Dogs can be attacked by biting insects like mosquitoes, biting flies, ticks and fleas. There are insect repellents on the market that are made of chemicals, but they are expensive.

They are also hazardous to our children and to those who may come into contact with them and then touch their face or consume food later. Inhaling those chemicals may also be harmful to your dog. Dogs are also fond of licking their fur, so it is best to make use of natural sprays to repel insects.

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The creation of more natural pet care products is one of the ways that we can safeguard our pets and our family.

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What you need:

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    8 ounces boiled water
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    ½ teaspoon vegetable glycerin
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    8 ounces witch hazel
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    50 drops of essential oils, like eucalyptus, clove, citronella, rosemary, mint, tea tree, lavender, catnip, cedar, and/or lemongrass
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    Spray bottle
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To Make Natural Insect Repellent for Your Pets

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    Put boiled water or distilled water in a spray bottle.
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    Then add the witch hazel in the spray bottle.
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    Put in ½ teaspoon of glycerine.
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    Add several drops of essential oils.
    Try to mix clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, rosemary, lavender and cajeput. Add 30 to 50 drops.
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    Shake well and spray on your dog.
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Another spray that can be used with your dogs is a mixture of:

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    ¼ cup vinegar
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    2 cups of water
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    2 teaspoons of garlic powder
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    3 tablespoons of citronella oil
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Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle, then spray generously on your dog's hair.

For Ticks and Fleas

If you have to deal with ticks and fleas on your dogs, you can make use of the spray containing essential oils, but the smell might be too strong for them and they may not like it. So, to get rid of ticks and fleas on your dogs, you can make use of orange peels.

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Take the peels of several oranges and rub them on your dog's fur.

You can also use of coconut oil. This is the best oil to remove the ticks and fleas. Apply about ½ teaspoon of coconut oil on the fur every day.

Why Is It Important to Protect Your Dogs from Insects

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    A good number of dog diseases actually start from insect bites.
    Dogs are like human beings. They can acquire diseases through insect bites, especially when their cages are located in dark and humid areas. They are even more prone to insect bites, especially when you allow them to go around without limitations, as they tend to go to darker areas that humans usually do not like going to.
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    Dog diseases can also be passed on to human beings.
    If your dog gets sick and an insect bites him and then you, the disease can easily be passed on to you. This is especially the case if your immune system happened to be rather weak at that time. Therefore, it is wiser to prevent dogs from getting sick, especially when you live or sleep very close to your pet dog.
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    It is good to practice good hygiene and sanitation, even with pets.
    Human beings like keeping their house clean and sanitized all the time to prevent germs from entering. It should be the same as with your pet dog. Aside from using insect repellent, regular cleanliness would be able to help a lot in preventing all types of diseases.
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    Even if you are using insect repellent, do not be too confident that your dogs won't get sick.
    There are still cases that insects are still able to bite them. If you notice some symptoms of a particular disease, it is best to bring your dog to the veterinarian the soonest possible time to have him properly diagnosed.
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    Avoid using components that will be extremely harmful when digested.
    Dogs are not like people who can really take care of themselves in terms of not ingesting harmful chemicals. If you make your homemade insect repellent with some harmful chemicals, your dog may be able to lick it by accident. Therefore, stay away from those components as much as possible.
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