What Is Bitter Apple Spray for Dogs?

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One of the ways a dog owner can prevent a dog from licking themselves excessively or chewing on valuable objects is by applying a topical deterrent, such as Bitter Apple spray for dogs.

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History of Bitter Apple

Grannick's Bitter Apple spray for dogs was invented by pharmacist Irv Grannick in 1960. A customer was looking for something that would prevent her dog from anxiously licking and chewing its coat. When no product for such a problem existed, Grannick invented his own solution.

How Bitter Apple Works

Made with unpleasant flavours, Bitter Apple helps prevent dogs from chewing or licking any surface on which the Bitter Apple is applied. Though Bitter Apple is harmless, dogs do not like the taste, and are discouraged from continuing the unwanted behaviour.

Types of Bitter Apple for Dogs

In addition to the Bitter Apple spray for dogs, there is gel Bitter Apple formula, and a dabber top Bitter Apple applicator available.

Is Bitter Apple Safe?

Bitter Apple is safe to use on most surfaces in the home, including wood. However a patch test in an inconspicuous area is recommended. There have been no reported side effects in the use of Bitter Apple spray for dogs.

How to Get Bitter Apple

Bitter Apple is available over-the-counter without the need for a prescription. In addition to many veterinary clinics, Bitter Apple spray for dogs can be found at pet supply stores and discount retail stores, as well as online.

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