Protect Your Pooch Against Mosquitoes

September is finally upon us and the kids are back to school but mosquito season is far from over. Not only are these pesty bugs an annoyance to us humans, but they also cause trouble for your pup. Regardless of how thick your dog’s fur is, they still get mosquito bites and they are often itchy and scratching like they have fleas.

Protecting yourself and your pets from mosquitoes is not always easy. Unlike those human-only households, those of us with pets have an extra consideration when it comes to choosing a yard spray. Using traditional chemical sprays and deterrents can wreak havoc on your dog’s system and inadvertently poison them, especially if you have a grass eater.

Choosing a nontoxic, natural mosquito repellent takes a little bit of planning but there are some really easy tips to keep these buzzing, biting bugs away in a natural, safe way.

Plants Mosquitoes Hate

One simple way to keep bugs away is to plant things they hate. Plant these strong scented plants throughout your garden and along the perimeter of your deck and yard.

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  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Citronella
  • Marigolds
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary

Homemade Yard Sprays

Concocting your own DIY yard spray is the easiest way to make sure the spray is pet safe and nontoxic. Follow these simple, tested recipes for a mosquito-free yard.

Paul Harvey Spray:

  • 3 Bottles stale and cheap beer
  • 3 c. Epsom salts
  • 16 oz blue mint mouthwash (any kind)

Mix beer and mouthwash, add in salts and stir until dissolved. Transfer to spray bottle and spray.

Onion Spray

  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 Gallon water

Mix chopped onion and water, cover and let sit in warm place for 3-5 days. Transfer to spray bottle and spray.

Lemon & Lavender Spray

  • 1/4 c. Squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp. Vanilla extract
  • 20 Drops Lavender essential oils
  • Water to fill up the rest of spray bottle
  • Optional: 20 drops Citronella essential oils

Mix all together thoroughly, transfer to spray bottle and spray.

Yard Maintenance 

Deter mosquitoes by removing their homes. Keep grass cut short and remove any free-standing, stagnant water to eliminate breeding grounds.

With a few simple tools your yard can be both mosquito free and pet safe. If you try these sprays let us know how they work for you and feel free to share any other natural mosquito repellent ideas!

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Let’s Celebrate!

Nana’s blog has been on a bit of a hiatus as of late due to an uptick in business (never a bad thing).. But, no more radio silence we promise! Especially since we are back with some big news- it is our 10th birthday!

Nana’s was started way back in 2007 with the simple concept that Nana ( Linda Edwards) needed a little bit of extra joy in her life after losing her husband and her exact thought was “animals make me happy and bring me joy and I want to surround myself with the unconditional love given by our four-legged companions.” And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love walking into the house being greeted with tail wags and kisses? So Nana’s Pet Sitting was born.

Now ten years later, what started out as a simple way to add more joy into the life of

Nana and help the pet parents feel comfortable heading on vacation while leaving Fluffy behind, has blossomed into the premier pet sitting company in the Charlotte area.

For Nana’s tenth birthday we wanted to do something BIG. Something to show the Charlotte community how much we appreciate being a part of the pet scene and give back some of the joy the dogs and cats give us every day.

So, we are raising money for one of the most dedicated pet rescue groups around: Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love (GDFRL). Not only does GDFRL work their tail off hosting adoption events and a few pet shows throughout the year, they dedicate their lives to finding these gentle giants a forever home.

Unlike some pet rescues, each Dane is set up with a vetted foster family to train, rehabilitate and love these dogs. Great Danes often get overlooked due to heath issues and their size, but they need the same love and devotion smaller breeds get. Which is where we (and you) come in.

We are raising funds so they can keep these dogs in foster homes with the adequate space and training they need and you can join in on the fun too!

For our 10th birthday we are asking for $10 donations (but will of course take any size donation you wish to make) to help raise $10,000 during our Birthday month of July.

And, for a little extra birthday fun, all those who donate $10 or more are entered for a chance to win a gift basket courtesy of Nana’s Pet Store filled with 10 of our top items!

Ready to donate? Head to our gofundme page! Want a sneak peak at the gift basket? Keep scrolling…

Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love

Just a few of the Great Danes Nana’s 10 for 10 fundraiser will help.

Basket Includes:

  1. One 30 minute Pet Visit
  2. Admission into a PetTech Pet First Aid & CPR Class, taught by Linda Edwards
  3. Six foot Mountain Dog Leash, made from recycled climbing rope
  4. Peek-a-Prize cat toy
  5. Kong kitty/dog laser
  6. Durasqueak dog toy
  7. Portable water /food dish
  8. Dog Pyramid puzzle treat dispenser
  9. Breakaway cat collar
  10. Kozy Krinkle dog toy

Did we forget to mention that 10% of all purchases made at Nana’s Pet Store during the entire month of July will be donated? Now more than ever is the time to stock up on your pets favorite things.

Thank you all in advance for helping support this amazing rescue!

 

 

 

 

Pet First Aid Awareness Month

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It’s April and that means Pet First Aid Awareness Month is in full swing! I love April, not just for the beautiful flowers, blooming trees, pollen everywhere (just kidding on the last part, I could go without that layer of green dust everywhere), but most of all I love April because it is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.

There is so much that goes into pet first aid, CPR and care, I have an entire business devoted to it! You might be asking why, exactly, this month is so important…well let’s find out!

For information on classes visit: nanaspetfirstaidandcpr.com or pettech.net

For free first aid and wellness printables click here.