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Calicogirl
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Sharon
Bruce Crossing Michigan
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Posted - Mar 27 2009 :  11:07:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

In the Summer time to try and deter bugs from bothering my dog I make a Rosemary Repellent. Take one teaspoon of Rosemary for each cup of boiling water and let steep for about an hour. When cool, transfer to a spray bottle and keep in the fridge. Before my pup goes out, I give a quick spray (avoiding the eyes, nose, mouth and other sensitive areas). This helps repel any bugs and cools her off too!

She also likes to lay under the porch (it's an open porch) so we planted mint there to also repel any bugs and make her smell fresh

~Sharon

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Edited by - Calicogirl on Mar 27 2009 3:02:58 PM

proudnanaof3
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Kim
Denton NC
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Posted - Mar 30 2009 :  02:58:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for this idea. I can not wait to try it. I have a tea cup and only being 3 pounds I hate putting anything on him. I have been using SSS from Avon and it works okay but leaves him too oily. I read in a magazine that giving daily baths will help keep them under control but would that not dry out his skin?

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Calicogirl
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Sharon
Bruce Crossing Michigan
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Posted - Mar 30 2009 :  10:30:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kim,.

I think it might depend on the shampoo that you are using. I would check with the vet first about daily shampooing. :)

~Sharon

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lacisne88
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Chelsey
Lake Stevens Washington
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Posted - Mar 30 2009 :  3:18:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What a great idea! I'm going to try that with my pug. I love the smell of rosemary too, I may try doing that and using it as a house spray lol!

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nampafarmgirl
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Kim
Nampa ID
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Posted - Apr 30 2009 :  06:57:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
just an FYI, I buy my herbs at Winco. I bought Rosemary last night, aprox 1 cp for .46 cents

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Alee
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Alee
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Posted - Apr 30 2009 :  06:59:49 AM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
The daily baths shouldn't be too hard on their skin- I have a blind friend and she has to give her seeing eye dog a bath everyday so she can take her into public places.

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Posted - Apr 30 2009 :  07:01:49 AM  Show Profile  Click to see Alee's MSN Messenger address  Send Alee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
By the way I think planting mint where the dog lays is a wonderful idea! One of my dogs once got into some lavender bath oil beads and ate some. She had the most wonderful spicy-lavender smell for weeks! I bet having a dog lay on mint or lavender would do about the same thing!

Speaking of that- can you imagine a dog bed filled with just lavender buds instead of wood shavings? Can you imagine how wonderful your house would smell let alone the dog! HMMM.. I might have to try that if I can grow enough lavender!

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Calicogirl
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Sharon
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Posted - Apr 30 2009 :  07:46:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Alee,

That would be wonderful! :)

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nampafarmgirl
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Kim
Nampa ID
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Posted - Apr 30 2009 :  10:04:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
gosh I would think we could make them lavender pillows. Everytime they entered or left their dog crates it would re activate it. hmmmm.

Kim
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sukimsu
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Suanne
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Posted - May 12 2009 :  1:48:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My father used cedar shavings as litter in the dog house. The pleasant scent kept the bugs at bay and the oil from the shavings made Rebel's coat shine.

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Michigan Girl in TX
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Kristi
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Posted - May 29 2009 :  8:21:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Would the rosemary water be okay to use on kitties too? Do you use fresh or dry?

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Calicogirl
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Sharon
Bruce Crossing Michigan
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Posted - Jun 01 2009 :  10:07:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Kristi,

I don't know if a cat's skin would be more sensitive. If I were to try it I would probably use less Rosemary just to be on the safe side. My dog is about 70 pounds. I use dry Rosemary, I hope this helps.

I am not a vet so I don't know for sure :)

~Sharon

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loribeck
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Lori
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Posted - Aug 02 2019 :  5:50:31 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hmmmmm, wondering if using rosemary on dogs will keep those pesty gnats away? I hate it when they get around the dogs face. I know I can't spray anywhere near their faces but will the smell on their bodies keep them away from the face?

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fieldstories
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Jennifer
Ellensburg WA
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Posted - Sep 13 2019 :  12:53:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all - just a quick note of caution. My dog is epileptic, so I've done a bunch of research into natural support of his condition. While researching, I learned that rosemary can be a potent trigger of seizures in dogs who are susceptible. This can be really problematic when purchasing dog food since many of the "natural" brands use rosemary as a preservative. Granted, the number of dogs that will be negatively affected by rosemary is probably pretty small, but it's good to know, just in case.
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