Not too long ago, I read about the Shoo!TAG™ product. I contacted the company and asked if they would provide a sample for us to review.
Buster, our GSD, is a tick magnet. For some reason, he does not tolerate Frontline. In both times that we applied it to his coat, he got sick as a dog – vomiting and diarrhea. So we’ve been looking for some alternative solutions, and that’s why we decided to try shoo!TAG™.
Here are the product’s claims, directly from the shoo!TAG’s website.
How does the tag work? Again from the website:
The tags (there is a tick tag and a flea tag) are pictured below and are marketed for pets and other animals. (There’s also a tag for people that’s supposed to repel mosquitoes.) Buster doesn’t get fleas so we only tried the tick tag.
Before putting the tag on Buster, we searched and groomed his coat to find any existing ticks. Then, per the directions, we placed the tag on his collar – electromagnetic strips facing in – for 24+ hours before we went anyplace where Buster might encounter the little buggers. Within three days after that time, we pulled two ticks out of Buster’s coat. The ticks were not engorged, implying that they were relatively new passengers.
RationalWiki.org gives a blistering review of the tags and the “science” behind them. I’ll let you read and be the judge. However, this site also mentions a potential danger of the tags themselves:
Amy and I are separated by more than just a few years in age (I am older). Thus, she thought I should point out, perhaps for her generation of readers, that the title of this post is a playoff on the popular children’s ditty Shoo, Fly, Don’t Bother Me! The song doesn’t really make any sense, and neither does this product. Given that this is an all or nothing product (it either works or it doesn’t) and based solely on our experience with it, I give shoo!TAG™ a rating of 1 Paw – which on our scale means Poor, this dog just won’t hunt.
To be fair, the shoo!TAG™ website lists many testimonials from satisfied customers. I noted, however, that many of the positive comments related to fleas and not to ticks.
If you’ve tried this product, I’d love to hear about your experience – especially if your results were different than ours. If I get comments from people who have had positive results I will consider writing a follow up post and, perhaps, revise my rating.
If you’re using other tick repellent solutions with success, holistic or otherwise, Buster would love to see comments about that, too!
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