Natural Mosquito Repellent For You and Your DogAndrea Powell
Summertime is for hikes and games in the park with your dog – unless you are attacked by blood sucking mosquitos. Those pesky insects can turn a delightful afternoon into an itchy next few days.
Aside from the annoying welts and itching, mosquitos carry and spread potentially deadly diseases like West Nile and Heartworm. Heartworm is the number one concern for your dog from mosquito bites. Heartworm is spread when a mosquito bites an infected animal and then bites your dog. It can be a fatal disease, if not treated immediately by your vet.
Do not use mosquito repellents with DEET on your pets. If you use that on yourself, be sure that you do not get it on your fur children. “If your dog or cat comes in contact with DEET, either orally or on their skin, they could show severe symptoms, such as vomiting, seizures, skin irritation and a staggered gait. It is very important that they be taken to a veterinarian immediately if they are exposed to DEET,” cautions Mosquito Magnet.
If you are worried about spraying your dog and family with strong chemicals, you can try a natural solution. However, only use products that are made for pets. Cats are very sensitive to essential oils and products that may be safe for dogs could be fatal to cats. Please read the bottle or container before applying.
What Is It?
Lemon eucalyptus oil comes from the lemon eucalyptus tree. The dried leaves and twigs are distilled with steam to produce an oil. It is a gift from Mother Nature.
Dr Steve Humphries, co-owns Hebe Botanicals, states, “PMD is the only only plant-based active ingredient effective enough to be approved by the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) for use in disease endemic areas.” Lemon eucalyptus oil naturally has PMD but in small amounts. Dr. Humphries believes the oil needs to be refined to increase the amount of PMD in it. “This refined oil, with a minimum of 64% PMD, is commonly referred to as ‘oil of lemon eucalyptus’ (OLE).”