Each year, more than 5,800 postal workers are bitten or attacked by dogs. Thus, the USPS recommends that all postal workers carry a can of dog repellent on their route. Dog repellent is an aerosol spray that contains a .35 percent oleoresin capsicum, which is an extract derived from cayenne peppers. Carriers should point the can of dog repellent at an animal when they believe it is about to attack, aiming at the animal’s eyes, nose and mouth. Most spays are accurate up to a distance of about ten feet. Once the repellent cones into contact with the dog’s face, the dog will put its tail between its legs and retreat. After about 15 minutes, the effects will wear off, and the dog will be fine. However, there will be a yellowish color left on the dog’s fur, which may require washing.
Dog repellent may come with an “expiration” or “best by” date; however, the product does not lose its effectiveness with time. That said, it is possible for the nozzle to get clogged with dirt or lint. For those who have older cans of dog repellent, it is wise to stick a small pin into the nozzle, clearing it of dirt and debris. Then, turn the can upside down and depress the spray lever until a whitish mist comes out of the can.
Cans of dog repellent contain multiple uses. However, it is important to properly care for the product to ensure that it remains effective for subsequent uses. After using dog repellent, there will be a small amount of residue left in the nozzle. To clear the nozzle, turn the can upside down and spray until a white mist comes out. It is important to wash your hands after each use. When the case of dog repellant is empty, it can be thrown in the trash without any special consideration. However, USPS recommends consulting state and local regulations before discarding a large number of cans.
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