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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition

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Here you will find more than 6 years of questions and my answers. It is searchable and offers a great deal of information. 

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 Dr. Getty 


Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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DEET-danger? or possibility?

Hi there, Dr.
I was wondering what your professional opinion is concerning the use of DEET products on horses to rid them of pesky flies and such?
I've heard both sides so far, that some horses might have very bad reactions to being sprayed with DEET and others not.
But if DEET is relatively safe to use on human skin, why can't it be used on horses as well?
Thank you,

Where are you from? colorado

How did you locate this forum? surfing

Re: DEET-danger? or possibility?

Hi Ivonne,

No, do not use DEET on horses. According to the Center for Disease Control, “Never use insect repellent sprays intended for humans and containing DEET on horses or other animals. These could be fatal for the animal. Only use mosquito repellent sprays meant specifically for horses.”

Thank you for writing about this important issue.

Dr. Getty