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How to keep mosquito away from dog.

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We moved over from Scotland to Canada last summer and my dog got an allergic reaction to too many mosquito bites, his face puffed up but the vet says that with each reaction it is more severe. We were spraying him everytime he went outside but it was getting to the point that as soon as I moved my hand to where the spray was he would back away. So I ended up holding his collar and spraying then he could go out. Or I would already have the spray in my hand without him knowing. He's a very clever dog so not easy to fool.

I was wondering if anyone knew of any type of collar I could use, or some other suggestion as to how to apply without him not wanting to go out because he's going to get sprayed.

I am going to invest in something for the back garden that kills the mosquito's as we have 2 young kids as well. But we go on walks to the parks and on trails away from the house often.
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You can try Apple Cider Vinegar in his food. Use the unfiltered kind with "mother" in it. What ACV does is change the PH in their system and makes the dog not so tasty to take a bite out of. As a topical solution you can also take some white vinegar and mix it 50/50 with water and spray it on the dogs coat. Much safer and also works as a bug deterrant.
I'll try the ACV in his food, he has dried food so I hope the smell doesn't put him off. He's getting oil in his food at the moment as his skin is really dry due to the winter conditions.

He doesn't like getting sprayed at all as we used that when he was little to stop some behaviour problem but can't remember which one. I have learned the proper way of training now.
How much does your dog weigh? I have a 35-40 pound boxer that I give a tbls a day. But you want to work your way up to the full tablespoon, so start out slow until you know he can tolerate it. You might also want to mix some water in with his kibble so it will dilute the ACV a little.

ACV also helps with skin problems and allergies...it's good stuff. :)
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