How to Treat Mosquito Bites in Dogs
Posted On : July 24th, 2018
When summer rolls around, our dogs want to play outside a lot more! The weather is inviting, the grass is freshly cut, and it’s the perfect time of year to throw the ball around for your dog! Unfortunately, there are risks involved when it comes to letting your dog play outside: mosquitoes. You may know all of the remedies on how to treat mosquito bites on humans but many of you do not know how to treat mosquito bites on dogs.
Mosquito bites could cause everything from itching to discomfort and even death in some dogs as well. One tip to follow is if your dog has a mosquito bite on their ears or nose, you should treat them with an antibacterial cream that prevents infection. It is also a good idea to bathe your dog in cold water if you do notice them frequently itching. If you do notice any signs of facial swelling, please seek veterinary care as soon as possible.
You’ve probably never heard of this but if you are seeing any swelling or extreme itchiness, experts say you can give your dog Benadryl to help relieve symptoms. CertaPet recommends 1 mg of Benadryl for 1 pound of body weight.
However, the best way to treat bites is by preventing them. We don’t mean spraying your dog with bug spray! In fact, this can be the worst thing you can do because they are toxic to dogs. The main ingredient in most bug sprays is called DEET, which can be extremely toxic to your dogs and cause reactions such as vomiting and seizures (if ingested).
Since you’re aware of many flea and tick products, ask your vet about the ones that help repel mosquitoes. On the same note, always check with your vet before applying any essential oils on your pet. Just because essential oils are safe to use on humans, does not make them equally safe to use on your dogs.
We also recommend keeping your dog inside during the early mornings or late evenings, when the mosquitoes are the most active. You can also do a thorough check in your backyard and remove any standing water because that’s exactly where mosquitoes like to breed!
Dogs itching their bites is the least of our worries when it comes to mosquitoes. The biggest concern when it comes to mosquito bites is heartworm. When a dog that is infected with heartworm gets bitten by a mosquito, that mosquito can spread heartworm to another dog that it bites.
Signs That May Indicate Your Dog Has Heartworm:
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty Breathing
If your dog shows any of the above symptoms, make sure to visit your vet as soon as possible. It is much easier to prevent heartworm than to treat it. Make sure that you get your dog tested for heartworm each spring.
The hardest part is even if your dog gets bitten by a mosquito, you probably won’t even notice. Call us at (519) 900-1623 or visit our website Mosquitoman.ca/Services to book a spray with us! We want to help you protect your dogs!