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Difference Between Dog and Human Pepper Spray

What is the difference between dog spray or dog mace and the human version? Which is stronger and can dog spray be used on humans and vice versa. Dog pepper spray or Muzzle canine repellent is not as strong as human pepper spray. It doesn't have to be; a dog's senses (sight, smell) are much more sensitive than ours are.

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As a result, it takes much less OC pepper spray resin to obtain the desired effect. The amount of pepper resin in dog spray is typically less than half that of the industry standard human pepper spray. Human pepper

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spray is generally rated in Scoville Heat Units (SHU), the industry standard for human spray is about 2 million SHU. I do not recommend the use of dog spray on humans. It would be a much better idea to purchase human pepper spray, then use it for self defense against both. Let me give you an example that hopefully explains why.

My wife and I like to walk or ride bikes around the neighborhood; sometimes this can be extremely difficult because two territorial dogs don't like us passing in front of their home. I hear this scenario numerous times each day. Of course dog spray is effective against those two aggressive canines. What many people forget is that they are more likely to have problems with people than they are with dogs. You can increase that if walking or jogging after dark and your risk becomes higher if you are alone.

Why not choose a good human pepper spray that can protect you against both forms of attack? Will the people spray harm the dogs permanently or long term? No, pepper spray or mace are non-lethal self defense products. They will not cause any long term injury to people or animals. The benefit of using a good spray are numerous. First, the effects are almost instant. Range, dependent on model is between 8-16 feet giving you the ability to stop a threat at a distance. The effects last long enough to get you and your family to safety.

Pepper spray has a temporary effect that will ware off in about 30 minutes. Finally, it is legal in all states (a few such as NY, MA have restrictions) so you are within the law to use for self defense. All of our defense sprays are made in the United States. The contents are listed on the canister and the expiration date or self life prominently displayed. Our sprays are extensively tested, they are fresh, and proven effective. Be cautious of pepper spray made over seas or if the expiration date or self life are not listed.

We define our sprays in categories like good, better, and best. PepperShot is a very good quality brand. It is available in 1/2 ounce keychain units as well as 2 and 4 ounce spray. PepperShot has a 2,000,000 SHU rating at a 10% pepper resin concentration. The self life is 36 months. Wildfire would be the better brand. It is an 18% spray with a 3 million SHU rating. You can purchase Wildfire in a variety of sizes from keychain all the way up to one pound. Fox 5.3 formula is the best and most effective on the market. It is an amazing 2% pepper resin and rated at 5.3 million SHU. Fox is the industry leader that law enforcement chooses more than any other brand.

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