How to Help your Dog with Mosquitoes

“Dear Dogsized, My father’s border collie is constantly harassed by mosquitoes. Are there any dog-safe products for Charlie? – Kiku”

dog-mosquitoMosquitoes are definitely a problem for dogs! Not only do mosquitoes harass and bite dogs (as they do humans), mosquito bites can result in everything from an annoying itch to more serious parasitic diseases. Mosquito bites are also a primary cause of heartworm in dogs. If your dog has more hair (e.g. a chow) then they have more natural protection than say a bit bull or “bully” breeds. Regardless, those areas that show more skin e.g. nose, ears, eyelids, abdomen, groin and inside the legs are more prone to getting mosquito bites (and can also get sunburn).

There are plenty of things you can try to change in your environment to reduce the amount of mosquitoes, for example, avoiding stagnant water, using products containing oil of sandalwood or citronella and staying inside, especially in the early morning and early evening, when mosquitoes are most active.

Mosquito Repellent for Dogs

flys offTo protect your dog, do NOT use human mosquito repellents containing DEET on dogs. Instead, look for repellents formulated especially for pets that contain either permethrins or pyrethrins. Here are some dog mosquito repellent products for your dog to try:
Flys Off Spray
Flys-Off Fly Repellent Ointment
Pet Naturals of Vermont Protect Flea & Tick Repellent Spray
All Terrain Natural Pet Herbal Armor Insect Repellent Spray
Even if you use a mosquito repellent, make sure your dog is taking a heartworm preventative, such as Heartgard Plus, and also a topical treatment and prevention of ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies, and lice, such as K9 Advantix II.(see also our article on Advantix vs Frontline).

Mosquito Bite Treatment

Luckily there are some solutions to help your dog if he does get bitten. Treat bites with an antibacterial cream (e.g. Neosporin) to keep them from becoming infected. To help with the itchiness, you might also want to try Sulfodene or a Pet Hydrocortizone (Zymox).
Please see your veterinarian if the bites appear very large (i.e. possibly something in it) or if they do not heal or appear to be getting worse.

Top 5 Dog Life Jackets for Safety on the Water

If you’re taking your best friend out on the high seas or local lake, you’ll want to make sure you’ve outfitted him in the safest gear possible. Perfect for boating and sailing. As you put on your life jacket, don’t forget about your dog’s life jacket – you want to keep him safe too!

Here are some great dog life jacket options:

All linked for easy shopping

ruffwear dog life jacket Ruffwear K9 Dog Life Jacket
This dog life jacket from canine outdoor adventure gear company, Ruffwear, scores top reviews. Perfect for dogs that love to join their humans rafting, kayaking, boating, surfing and paddle boarding, this life jacket is designed for dogs of all shapes and sizes. This premium, fully-featured dog life jacket has a strong handle, optimally positioned to lift dogs out of the water.
Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket
Dogs’ swimming abilities can vary dramatically depending on age and breed. Even “water” dogs can be susceptible to panic in strong currents. The Outward Hound award winning life jacket sports high visibility colors, multiple reflective strips, easy-grab handles, and outstanding floatation. It’s an ideal life jacket for dogs.
ezydog life jacket EzyDog Doggy Floatation Vest
The EzyDog life jacket combines top performing flotation with the comfort of life vest versatility. It also keeps your dog stylish with plenty of color options for your next trip out on the water. The grab handle makes it easy to take your dog out of the water. Adjustable neoprene straps form an ergonomic and secure fit.
Hurtta Dog Life Jacket Hurtta Life Jacket
The Hurtta Life Jacket is designed for use in swimming, water rescue, rehabilitation and boating. An adjustable belt and front allow the life jacket to fit most breeds of dog. The back of the jacket is fitted with sturdy handle so your dog can be easily lifted out of the water. A protective underbelly section distributes the dog’s weight over a larger area and keeps the jacket firmly in place.
Doggles Dog Life Jacket Doggles Dog Flotation Jacket
Human life jackets keep your nose out of the water, so why wouldn’t one for the dogs? The Doggles/Sierra Dog Supply flotation jacket has an attachable chin float with a locking zipper. Bright contrasting colors can be easily spotted in rough water. Safety first, low profile handle with D rings and reflective trim throughout add even more safety.

Cooling Dog Bed – Rescinding Review

June 2014, we gave the Cooling Dog Bed a positive review. Unfortunately, we must retract/rescind the below review. June 2015, we took out our Cool Pet Pad and it looked like this: Cool Pet Pad Rescind

As you can see, the cooling gel in the product dried up or evaporated. We had stored this in our apartment in the closet, as such, it was stored at normal temperatures and conditions. We had only used it a few times.

We spoke with the company, The Green Pet Shop, and they said that this happened to some of the earlier models of this product and they offered to exchange ours for a new one. Here’s what they said:

“We have and always will replace any defective items that have been purchased either through our site or through any third party vendors. The issue had to do with evaporation and the environment the pads were kept in. The outer cover was a bit too porous and since the gel is water based, water evaporated over time and the pad dried up. We have sold over 100,000 pads over the past two years and this has happened to a few hundred, so it’s less than 1%, but that’s still too many for us. As I stated in the last email, we have straightened out this issue and there should not be any more evaporation that occurs in this years production run.

The pads carry a limited one year guarantee. We cannot be responsible for neglect such as rips and tears as a result of a pets claws, nails, and teeth. We cannot be responsible for mold if the pad is kept in dirty, muddy, or wet conditions without cleaning.

Other than that, we have at times forgone the guarantee and replaced pads for our customers in an effort to keep them all satisfied.”

At Dogsized, we recommend products based on our own opinions – we do not get paid for our reviews. We only write about products we like. Unfortunately in this scenario, the product we liked didn’t perform for us over time and we feel it’s our fiduciary duty to tell our readers this happened.

We decided not to get the replacement product.

If you purchased the product and need a replacement, please let us know and we’ll send you The Green Pet Shop’s contact information.

cooling dog bed

The Cool Pet Pad – finally a cooling dog bed

Is your dog looking for a good place to cool down? We found a great solution! It’s this fantastic Cool Pet Pad that is a self-cooling cushion. When your dog lays down on this cooling dog bed, it activates the cooling gel in the pad. In fact, it’s even great for humans if you sit on it or lay back on it. We sat on the Cool Pet Pad after running and also after hours of standing and found it to be very soothing and cooling!

The Cool Pet Pad will remain cooler than the surrounding temperature for about 2-3 hours of constant use. How it does this remains a mystery to us. We reviewed the patent documents, but we’re not materials engineers, so it was a bit “greek” to us. Regardless, we have tested it and we think it’s amazing!

Here are some other cool (yes, pun intended) facts:

  • Requires NO refrigeration, water or electricity
  • Recharges automatically
  • Portable and easily folds
  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Durable and easy to clean (wipe off with damp cloth)
Reggie Cool Pet Pad

Reggie on his Cool Pet Pad

It comes in 4 sizes:
Small: < 25 lbs Pad Dimensions: 11.8″ x 15.7″
Medium: 25 -69 lbs Pad Dimensions: 15.7″ x 19.7″
Large: 70-99lbs Pad Dimensions: 35″ x 23.6″
X-Large: 100lbs+ Pad Dimensions:: 45″ x 27.5″

The patented Cool Pet Pad was created by The Green Pet Shop. It’s their mission to create products that care for our pets without compromising the environment.

In 2010, Larry Wright founded The Green Pet Shop and his son, Brian, came on board in 2012. Their 5 year old St. Bernard/Great Pyrenees mixed dog, Reggie, uses his Cool Pet Pad every day. It’s literally his favorite place to lie in the house wherever it’s placed.

Top 5 Drinking Options to Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Popware H-Duo 2

Popware H-Duo 2

Summer weather is here and it’s important to keep your pet hydrated with a dog water bottle or traveling water bowl. Cupping your hands to make a water bowl for your dog isn’t easy and you usually end up wasting a lot of water. So we’ve put together a few of our favorite dog water bottles/traveling water bowls for you to check out.

Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle


We love the Popware H-DuO with collapsible travel bowl. The bottle has two 12-ounce watertight chambers so you can hold two different drinks simultaneously. Or if you prefer, put water on one side and small doggie treats (or food) on the other. The H-DuO is made of BPA-free material. The 8oz collapsible travel bowl clips onto the bottle, which makes it ideal to travel with your best friend.

Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle If you’re looking for a dog water bottle which is high tech and modern, check out the H2O4K9 Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle. It’s designed so that the lid is the bowl. Your dog also gets his own bottle of water if you’re not into sharing your own. H2O4K9 products are designed for rugged use and years of re-use.

Bandana Bowl
The Bandana Bowl by Pawabunda is a scarf (aka bandana) and bowl in one. Your dog can wear this bandana and when it’s time for a drink, take it off and it turns into a bowl. The bowl is water proof! We’ve tested this ourselves and it really doesn’t leak! If you think your dog is really hot, you can also pour water on the bandana & put it back on around his neck to keep your dog cool.

top paw travel water bottleThe Top Paw Travel Water Bottle is part bottle and part bowl. Remove the bottle from the holder and snap it into the upright position. Squeeze the bottle gently to start water flow. Place the bowl on the ground or hold it in your hand and allow your dog to drink. It also has a strap so it’s easy to tether for hanging from bike, wrist, stroller, backpack or just put on your wrist.

water bottleThe Good Life Gear Stainless Steel Pet Water Bottle offers a unique bottle design. The stainless-steel water bottle has two openings: the small one up top has a ball-bearing to control water flow when you hold the bottle upside-down for your dog to drink (think hamster water bottle). The second opening is larger to allow for filling and cleaning. You can also un-screw the whole top of the bottle, flip it over – and it’s a cup. It’s an easy and simple way to keep your dog hydrated while traveling, running or hiking with you.

You can always check out our shop category “Feeding & Watering” for more options and please let us know if you find any other cool dog products we should post about!