Until it rains. Hello Mosquito Man.By then, my gloriously beautiful year-round summer would've drawn to a halt, thoroughly infested with mosquitoes of every size and kind. What with dengue on red alert over here? Uh-uh, that doesn't spell good news. Fortunately for humans, we have clothing cover-up options available to us. With jeans, harem pants and over sized hoodies, we're good. What about our furry canine friends on the other hand? They're exposed 24/7, even with their doggy clothes covering approximately only 60% of their body. What can you do to protect your furry friends from mosquitoes this summer (without jeopardizing them in the process, of course!)?
1. Lemon eucalyptus
Credits: https://www.brambleberry.com/I live on the ground floor, where mosquitoes breed galore. Especially with my dad's garden - his pride and joy - doubling up as a popular mosquito breeding ground. However, giving the garden one or two sprays of lemon eucalyptus (a citrus-based substance usually found in pharmacies or potpourri stores) daily keeps those dastard mozzies away. Insect repellent with lemon and cedar concentrate serves as a natural insect repellent too! Always ensure that your dogs are protected around the clock with their heartworm medicine, because one sting of a mosquito bite infected with the heartworm larvae will immediately infect your dog, with the larvae deposited straight into your pooch which could possibly be fatal (as it damages your dog's lungs, major arteries and heart).
2. Axe/Red oil
Credits: https://axebrand.com.sgNow I don't know about you, but whenever I was young and had a mosquito bite, my mother would dab a little of the foul-smelling axe oil (medicated oil) on the little red bite bumps, which served two purposes - One, to keep me from scratching and picking at the bumps, and two, to keep other mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes hate the smell of menthol, avoiding your body like the plague once you've got that stuff on. If your pooches are like me, completely and adverse to the smell of that transparent oil, you could try red oil (which are usually available at any Chinese medical hall or Pharmacy), dabbing a little on your dog. However, be smart, and dab them strategically in places where your dogs won't lick the oil. Though menthol oils are not poisonous in small quantities, they might be harmful in large quantities, causing them tummy problems.