We love Summer and all of the many opportunities we get to enjoy the great outdoors in the warm weather. Insects also come out at this time of year though, which can be a pain for us and our dogs. Insect bites and stings can cause irritation and allergic reactions and will need some after care if your dog gets one. In this blog we list some of our favourite pet products for repelling insects and also some that will help to soothe irritation after an insect bite or sting.
Insect Repelling Pet Products
In an ideal world we’d keep our pets away from biting or stinging insects, but it isn’t always possible. We do have some fantastic insect repelling products for pets though, which may just help minimise the risk of them being stung or bitten. Here are our top Insect repelling products for pets:
TropiClean Natural Flea & Tick Shampoo - This shampoo is suitable for dogs and is designed to repel fleas and ticks for up to 7 days. Not only this, but it will kill any fleas, ticks or mosquitoes that have already infested your pet.
Animology Flea & Tick Dog Shampoo - This dog shampoo is suitable for puppies from 6 weeks old and will help to wash out any fleas or ticks from your pup’s coat. It has a built-in conditioner to help keep the coat in glossy condition and the tea tree in the recipe will help to soothe irritated bitten skin.
Insect Shield Vest - If you enjoy rambles in woodland or the countryside, then you will love this insect repelling dog vest by Scruffs. It comes in a range of 7 sizes to suit dogs from Beagle size up to the size of a German Shepherd and is designed to protect from Mosquitoes, Fleas, Ticks and Ants.
Insect Shield Snood - If you like the idea of the Vest, but you don’t think your dog will wear one then try this bandana. This is also a good choice for tiny dogs who are too small for the vest.
Insect Shield Crate Mat - A crate mat can be used in all kinds of ways. As the name suggests, it makes a great bed to pop in your dog’s crate but can also be used around the house or even on your travels. The addition of the insect shield technology means it would be great for any Summer activities - we’d suggest taking on your camping trips or days at the seaside for your dog to rest and sleep on when they’re not adventuring. They come in 5 sizes with a size to suit every breed and age of dog.
Insect Bite & Sting Soothing Products for Pets
As hard as we may try to deter insects, there will always be the odd occasion when they manage to bite or sting. We have a number of products that will soothe the area after your pet has been stung or bitten including a number of soothing creams and ointments. Here are some of the products you should add to your pet first-aid kit to help with insect bites.
Beaphar Wound Ointment - This antiseptic skincare product for pets is designed to soothe and aid the healing process of the skin. It is ideal for bite and sting aftercare as it contains aloe vera and celendula oil which will work together to help relieve any itching or irritation. It’s also great for any pets who suffer from dry or irritated skin in general - helping to keep skin soft and supple.
Denes Mite Cream - This is specifically designed to help minimise the irritation caused by parasitic mites, but also help relieve a range of other skin problems. It’s an all-natural cream with cedar wood and Sweet Flag that will make a brilliant addition to your first-aid kit.
Denes Skin Balm - A blend of natural essential oils including Camphor, Tea Tree and Poke Root that work together in this soothing skin balm. It has been created to soothe and heal the skin and will help with a range of skin conditions.
Wild Dog Co Skin Relief - This wonderful skin soothing balm for pets isn’t just great for insect bites but will help reduce irritation in a number of different scenarios. It is suitable for dry skin conditions, rough dry elbows and cuts and scrapes. It contains anti-bacterial Manuka as well as rosemary, frankincense and mango butter.
Leucillin Spray - This isn’t necessarily a soothing product and may need to be used in conjunction with other creams or lotions in the case of a bite or sting, but Leucillin is a brilliant anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal spray. It’s a great addition to any pet-first aid kit and can be used in all kinds of situations. It will help to clean the wound or bite and also help to stop any itchiness. It’s completely pet-safe and can be used on all kinds of animals, from cats and dogs to larger pets such as horses!