What is Pooch Protect Bug Repellent Spray?
This innovative formula combines gentle ingredients that work to provide a protective shield against a variety of insects. The spray is water-based and contains four effective, natural oils that work in two ways. Firstly, it contains ingredients to confuse the sensory receptors of insects. When sprayed onto the coat of a dog, the insects fail to detect their host and move on. Secondly, there are ingredients that literally repel insects, making the host undesirable.
Pooch Protect was designed with the knowledge that pet owners are looking for safer alternatives in the ongoing challenge to keep their canines safe from insect bites. Not only can insect bites cause discomfort to the animal, sometimes resulting in allergies and lasting skin inflammation, insects often carry diseases that can be prevented with an adequate repellent and regime.
Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm and West Nile virus. Fleas can carry tapeworm and allergic reactions to flea bites are a common cause of dermatitis in dogs. Ticks transmit Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in some locations.
Pooch Protect Bug Repellent Spray is non-staining when applied to a canine's coat. It can safely be used on the dog's bedding and has a naturally pleasant scent without the use of synthetic fragrance.
Why use Pooch Protect Bug Repellent Spray?
Most pet owners are familiar with the potential toxicities of DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, abbreviated to DEET) repellents used as a pesticide. DEET is not appropriate for use on animals. Other pesticides currently available for use on canines, such as spot-on pesticides applied to the back of the neck, are raising concerns for many dog owners due to the potential side effects.
In 2010 the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the U.S. released a report about an increase in harmful side effects of some spot-on pesticides. The side effects are more pronounced in smaller dogs and in young dogs but not limited to these. An increase in reported adverse events (i.e. a temporary or lasting health injury to their pet) prompted the EPA to review the products further. Adverse events included reactions ranging from skin irritation to gastrointestinal reactions (such as vomiting and diarrhea) to neurological changes such as seizures or loss of coordination, and death. Changes to the products themselves and the label precautions have not yet been established but are under current review by a veterinary board at the EPA.
Even among pesticide products that claim to be "natural" bug repellents, it is necessary for the consumer to understand how the active ingredients may affect pets. Canines and felines do not metabolize these ingredients the same way that humans do when they are absorbed through the skin, inhaled upon application and especially when animals lick the product off their coats and ingest it.
Although many insect-repelling oils are safe for use in humans, they can present problems for dogs and even more so for cats. You want to make sure that the ingredients, however natural they may be, are going to be non-toxic to your pet. The most common injuries to pets resulting from use of (inappropriate) essential oils are neurological. These effects can include tremors, loss of coordination, weakness and even death. Pooch Protect does not contain any oils that can can be harmful to canines.
A Note from our Veterinarian:
Keeping our pets free of pests can be a real challenge but there are ways we can help reduce and even prevent some of these pests just by using a good hygiene regime and maintaining the ongoing health of our pets.
In particular, fleas and ticks will be more attracted to your pet if he/she has lowered immunity. Keeping your pet in good health with a great diet and some additional supplements is the best medicine for a healthy immune system and makes your pet less attractive to pests. Try to keep your pet's stress levels low as much as possible. If your pet experiences stress in day-to-day life events, consider using either Calming Care found here: http://www.petwellbeing.com/products/calming-care-for-dog-anxiety-and-stress to help reduce general anxiety (including separation anxiety) or Stress Gold found here: http://www.petwellbeing.com/products/dog-anxiety for more acute distress events such as travel.
Each time your dog goes outdoors, there is an opportunity for pests like fleas and ticks to adhere. As a daily ritual or each time your dog returns from a walk, check for fleas and ticks. Removing them immediately will help enormously. Check with pest control centers or your veterinary resource for methods about how to remove these pests. In particular, inspect your dog's ears and face and check between the toes or anywhere your dog has creases or folds of skin. Check around the tail and the armpit areas.
Bathing your dog regularly also decreases the likelihood of pests choosing your dog as their host. A rinse of diluted apple cider vinegar can repel insects even more.
Does it come with a guarantee?
Yes! Pooch Protect Bug Repellent Spray comes with a 90 day money-back guarantee.
Why choose Pooch Protect Bug Repellent Spray for your canine friend?
- Selectively chosen herbs: our formulas are entirely prepared from herbs that meet high quality standards.
- Ethically harvested: The botanical ingredients in this formula are sourced from sustainable, certified South American forests that do not deplete the environment or the ecosystems they are harvested in.
- Good Manufacturing Practices: All of our formulas are manufactured in a facility that adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices.
- Testing: All raw materials are tested for identification and purity.
- FDA Registered Facility: Our manufacturing facility is FDA registered. Strict quality control procedures are meticulously monitored.
- Pooch Protect Bug Repellent Spray is a pesticide product: Pet Wellbeing maintains that this product qualifies for exemption from registration under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This product has not been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is considered a low risk pesticide formula and does not require EPA registration for this reason.
- It's Guaranteed: In addition to the superior quality of our products, you are also protected by our 90 day money-back guarantee.
Who makes Pooch Protect Bug Repellent Spray?
Pooch Protect Bug Repellent Spray is made by Pet Wellbeing, founded in 2001. Our goal? To bring the wisdom and experience of our caring holistic veterinarians to your pet. When your pet is healthy, you're happy.
To fulfill our vision, our on staff, holistic veterinarians have developed formulas using time-honored, traditional uses of herbs and integrated the latest scientific research. It is our aim to produce the best products for your pet that we can.
About dog fleas
We’re all familiar with fleas. They are, by far, the most common parasite found on dogs. These small, dark brown insects make their homes in the warmth of your dog's fur and feed on your dog's blood. Flea bites can bring almost unbearable discomfort to your dog, making your pet scratch until his fur falls out and his skin is raw.
Symptoms of dog flea infestation
Unlike ear mites, fleas are large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Pull back your dog's fur, and you may see them scurrying for shelter. Fleas are easier to see on light-colored dogs. But even if you can’t see fleas on your dog, there are telltale signs:
- Your dog will scratch incessantly
- Red and inflamed areas may appear on your dog's skin
- Fine, black debris may be seen on your dog's skin and stuck in his fur. This is actually a mixture of dried blood and other flea debris.
Dog fleas can easily jump onto another pet – or onto you. Fleas can spread disease and trigger an allergic reaction, particularly among older, weaker dogs. They can harbor the eggs of tapeworms, spreading them. Dog fleas are more than just a nuisance: they’re a real health risk to your dog.
About dog ticks
Ticks are parasitic arthropods that feed on the blood of their hosts. They are attracted to warmth and motion, often seeking out mammals – including dogs. Ticks tend to hide out in tall grass or plants in wooded areas waiting for prospective hosts. Once a host is found, the tick climbs on and attaches its mouthparts into the skin, beginning the blood meal. Once locked in place, the tick will not detach until its meal is complete. It may continue to feed for several hours to days, depending on the type of tick. On dogs, ticks often attach themselves in crevices and/or areas with little to no hair – typically in and around the ears, the areas where the insides of the legs meet the body, between the toes, and within skin folds. Most species of ticks go through four life stages - eggs, larvae, nymphs, and adults. All stages beyond eggs will attach to a host for a blood meal (and must do so on order to mature). Depending on species, the life span of a tick can be several months to years, and female adults can lay hundreds to thousands of eggs at a time. The following types of ticks are among the most common seen in North America:
- Deer Tick
- Brown Dog Tick
- Lone Star Tick
- American Dog Tick
The dangers of ticks
Though they are known vectors of disease, not all ticks transmit disease – in fact, many ticks do not even carry diseases. However, the threat of disease is always present where ticks are concerned, and these risks should always be taken seriously. Most tick-borne diseases will take several hours to transmit to a host, so the sooner a tick is located and removed, the lower the risk of disease. The symptoms of most tick-borne diseases include fever and lethargy, though some can also cause weakness, lameness, joint swelling and/or anemia. Signs may take days, weeks or months to appear. Some ticks can cause a temporary condition called “tick paralysis,” which is manifested by a gradual onset of difficulty walking that may develop into paralysis. These signs typically begin to resolve after tick is removed. If you notice these or any other signs of illness in your dog, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible so that proper testing and necessary treatments can begin. The following are some of the most common tick-borne diseases:
- Lyme Disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever