Mosquito Repellent for Dogs: Top 3 Creative, Natural Solutions

On the hunt for the best mosquito repellent for dogs? Of course you are – any dog lover who’s witnessed their best friend getting helplessly molested by mosquitoes wants a solution. Fast.

Although your dog’s fur may offer some protection against mosquito bites, he’s still vulnerable where his fur doesn’t reach, i.e. the belly, ears and nose. Not to mention if you’ve got relatively hairless dogs – they definitely need shielding.

Especially since, unlike us, dogs can’t really protect themselves from mosquito bites. It’s not like they can bite them, after all.

So it’s up to us to make sure they’re safe and bite-free. But before we get into the best mosquito repellents for dogs, there are some preliminary steps you can take to keep mosquitoes away from your dog:

  • Keep your dogs indoors during peak mosquito rush hours. Avoid walking your dog in the early mornings and early evenings since this is when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Clear any and all standing water around your home. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and these eggs can hatch in as little as one inch of water! The good news is that killing mosquito larvae before an infestation happens is really easy. It takes 5 minutes and it’ll protect both you and your dog from hordes of blood suckers.
  • Secure the entrances to your house. This means fixing any holes in window screens and closing up any openings between the air conditioner and the window frame. You can also go a step further and place a few anti mosquito plants near your windows and doors.

Done all that? Awesome. Let’s move on to the top 3 mosquito repellents for dogs!

Mosquito Spray for Dogs

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Your bug spray might work great for you, but dogs aren’t able to tolerate many of the mosquito repellents we use.

For example, DEET, the active ingredient in most drugstore bug sprays, is toxic for your dog and can cause vomiting, seizures, and skin irritation.

Not only should you never spray your dog down with DEET-containing bug spray, you should also be careful to not let him lick your skin after you’ve had a DEET shower.

If you’re not sure you can guarantee this, you might want to opt for a natural mosquito repellent for yourself. They’re effective, safe and you can get cozy with your furry friend without worrying about poisoning him.

Natural repellents are also great for dogs – Curealia’s Natural Insect Repellent is probably our favorite – it contains no chemicals, no DEET, no pesticides. And it works. Plus, you can use it on both your dog and yourself. The only downside to this repellent is that it’s in balm form and your dog might not like being rubbed down with the stuff.

If you prefer a spray, Wondercide’s Natural Repellent is great. This natural mosquito repellent for dogs also contains no DEET, no pesticides and is made with food-grade ingredients so it’s safe for children and pets, even puppies. Smells lovely, too.

Mosquito Repellent Clips for Dogs

insect-repellent-for-dogsIf your dog hates having anything rubbed or sprayed onto him, is constantly trying to lick it off, or has sensitive skin – you’ll want to go with a non-topical option.

Clips are perfect as you can just hang one on their collar and they’re good to go.

Our hands down favorite is Hoont’s Natural Mosquito Repellent Clip. Again, it’s 100% natural, DEET-free, non-toxic, and highly effective.

It’s mixed from a combination of plant oils – citronella, geranium, peppermint – so it also smells quite pleasant (as long as you can stand the scent of citronella).

If you or your dog hate the scent of citronella, go with BugZone’s Mosquito Tag – it’s an odorless, chemical-free, electromagnetic mosquito barrier tag for dogs that works quite well. 

Mosquito Repellent Clothing for Dogs

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Humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from mosquito repellent clothing – they got this brilliant stuff for dogs as well!

In case you’re wondering, mosquito repellent clothes are clothes that’ve been treated with an invisible, odorless Insect Shield that’s so tightly bonded to the fabric fibers that it effectively discourages mosquitoes – as well as ticks, ants, flies, and other annoyances – from getting too close to you (or your dog).

The active ingredient in Insect Shield is permethrin, which is found in many flea products so you get the additional benefit of keeping fleas off your pet as well.

Oh, and did we mention the little shirts are quite cute? They come in a variety of styles and colors so shop around!

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