Insect Bites On Dogs (Mosquito Bites on Dogs)

insect bites on dogs

Mosquito Bites On Dogs:

Mosquito’s are small parasites that can bother both animals and humans. Mosquito’s also carry numerous diseases with them, such as malaria, yellow fever, Zika virus, and West Nile virus. Along with this, a deadly illness named heart-worm is easily transmitted into pets by mosquitoes. Only female mosquitoes can suck blood. Dogs and cats can experience the same itching and irritation by the bite of a mosquito as humans. Heartworm is a parasite that causes deadly heart and lung infection in dogs and sometimes in cats also. The disease is contagious from one animal to another through a mosquito.

Symptoms of Mosquito Bites in Dogs- 

  • Constant scratching
  • Rubbing around ears and nose
  • Red scars
  • Lumpy skin
  • Coughing
  • Difficulty in respiration
  • Prejudice to exercise
  • Lack or loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

Causes of Mosquito Bites-

  • Standing water around the house
  • Untreated pool
  • Birdbath
  • Seepage from the septic tank
  • Water pooling in a driveway pothole

Treatment of Mosquito Bites-

For human bites, insect repellent is often used, but in the case of dogs, it is unsafe. Natural repellents such as sandalwood or citronella scents are more beneficial for dogs. One should not use human-designed spray, which contains DEET, which proves to be toxic to animals. Though the mosquito bites do not need any special treatment, one should visit the vet to reduce the itchiness of the dog, which makes him uncomfortable all the time. If the dog is prone to heartworm infection, then the medication containing arsenic should be given in smaller doses after consulting the vet.

Bug bites in dogs: 

Tiny bugs such as fleas, mites, and ticks can cause minor itching and redness from a severe illness in dogs. If a flea is attacking the dog, one can see the dog scratching and licking himself. The insects can be seen around the dog’s head, neck, and crotch. The breeds who have sensitive skin can also suffer from flea allergy dermatitis, as the flea saliva consists of protein from which the breed can get allergic. Tapeworms are also carried by fleas that can be transferred into the dog.

Ticks can be found in any season and anywhere, but mostly they can be seen in tall grasses and bushes. Ticks can carry serious diseases to dogs and humans. The signs of a tick bite can be seen as small brown specks or swollen black dots on the face, head, ears, groin, paws, limbs, and sides of the dog.

Mites are microscopic bugs that live deep in the dog’s skin, and one cannot see them. Parasites can cause intense itching, and also, the dog cannot stop himself from scratching and biting; if you are unable to calm the dog, it’s the time to call for a vet.

How to treat bug bites in dogs?

Following remedies can be effective to treat bug bites in dogs-

  • To get rid of fleas, bathe the dog with flea-killing soap. Consider flea spray or pest control your house. 
  • If the dog has a tick, remove the entire body and head of the dog with tweezers. Pull the body of the tick gently without squeezing it. 
  • To treat the dog with mites, cut the dog’s hair short, and give him a medicinal bath once a week. The bedding of the dog should be treated with insecticides. 

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Ant bites on Dogs:

Although ant bites do not cause any severe injury to the dog, the affected area may prove to be very irritating to the dog. Though some species of ants can be life-threatening to the dog. The species which show to be dangerous to dogs are-

Carpenter Ants-

These ants are known to have large, strong jaws that can chew through the woods. They can also bite into the skin of the dog. The bite of the carpenter ant can be very irritating and painful, similar to the bee sting.

Bullet Ants-

The bullet ants are tropical rainforest species that are known for their pains. According to a study, the bite of a bullet ant is the most painful, and even the entomology experts relate the experience to being shot by a bullet or walking on hot charcoal.

Fire Ants-

As the name suggests, the sting from these species can feel like fire. During the bite, these ants deliver a toxic alkaloid poison that can produce allergic reactions in sensitive dogs.

Treating ant bites on dogs:

  • Remove the dog from the area where the ants encountered, brush off the ants from the dog’s body. Restrict the dog from biting and scratching at the bites.
  • Soak a washcloth in the oatmeal bath and wipe the solution on the bites, oatmeal soothes the itchy skin and prevent the skin from bacteria.
  • Apply a thick paste of baking soda and water, it will reduce the swelling and pain.
  • Use ice packs by wrapping it in a cloth or towel and apply it on the bites. Avoid using it for more than 10 to 15 minutes.

Dog stung by bee:

Most insect bites can cause pain and irritation in dogs, but bees can be hazardous for the dogs. Some dog breeds are allergic to bee stings, which causes reactions, including swelling and difficulty in breathing. Many dogs got stung at the paws, face, or mouth. The dog, when snapping around the bees, is likely to get hurt in the mouth or throat. But the sting in the mouth proves to be dangerous because the swelling can block the airway.

Symptoms of a bee sting in dogs-

  • Swelling
  • Hives
  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Biting or nibbling at the sting
  • Whining

Signs of allergic reaction to bee stings in dogs-

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Swelling of the mouth or throat
  • Collapse

How to remove bee stinger?

If there is still a stinger left in the dog’s skin, try to remove it as soon as possible as the stinger can persist in injecting venom for a few more minutes after it has been detached from the bee. Remove the outer layer of the skin with a piece of cardboard to pull it out. You can also use tweezers to gently remove it, avoid squeezing the stinger as that may dump the leftover from the venom sac.

Dog Bee sting treatment:

Initial treatment for bee sting consists of rest and cold compress to reduce swelling and pain. Never provide the dog with human medication without consulting the vet. If the dog shows signs of allergic reactions, take the dog immediately to the vet.

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