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Can dogs get stung by mosquitoes?

asked 2015-07-24 14:48:38 -0500

We are having a super high amount of Mosquitoes right now. The dogs are scratching a lot, but no sign of fleas. Do Mosquitos prey on dogs like they do humans?

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Yes! This is how dogs can develop heart worms! A good heartworm preventative is very important for your dogs health.

Cherish E.'s profile image Cherish E.  ( 2015-08-26 13:50:01 -0500 ) edit

Mosquitoes will bite any being who has blood. Pretty much every mammal is prone to becoming a victim of these little vampires. They spread disease and the bites themselves can become infected as well. Keeping our dog washed in an herbal soap designed for dogs that wards off insects works wonders!

Amy L.'s profile image Amy L.  ( 2015-08-31 14:20:10 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2015-08-26 23:16:20 -0500

Yes, and they can result in dangerous consequences such as parasitic diseases. In order to reduce your dog's chance to being bitten, try some of the following:

  • Change water bowls frequently.
    • Avoid walking your dog in marshy places.
    • Fit windows and doors of your home with screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering.
    • Use insect repellants with caution. Products with DEET are not recommended and many repellants with essential oils have not been tested for effectiveness or safety.
    • Put your dog on a heartworm prevention program. Heartworm disease can be fatal to dogs if left untreated.
    • Keep your pets inside, especially in the early morning and early evening, when mosquitoes are most active.

In the case that your dog is bitten by a mosquito you should treat bites on the ears and nose with an antibacterial cream to keep them from becoming infected. See your veterinarian if the bites do not heal or appear to be getting worse.

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answered 2015-07-24 16:06:15 -0500

Absolutely they can. Mosquitos also transmit deadly heartworm disease, monthly heartworm preventative is important.

As already stated, allergies could be an issue. Either to food, grasses, pollens in addition to bugs. I had a staffy that mosquitos loved. He would come in covered in lumps, poor guy looked like he had the mumps all over. Hope you find the reason behind the itchies.

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answered 2015-07-24 15:21:22 -0500

Mosquitoes will absolutely bite dogs, especially short-haired dogs. I had one poor guy, who was already allergic to everything, draw seemingly every mosquito in the county to him.

But there are also a lot of other reasons dogs may be itchier this time of year - grass and other seasonal allergies are pretty common in dogs, and some of the little grass seeds can be pokey and get stuck in their fur and skin.

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answered 2015-08-29 18:46:54 -0500

Aye, mosquitoes are the transmitters of a lot of parasitic diseases, especially heartworm disease. I know one grand method besides of course a monthly heartworm treatment, is to spray your dog with some water mixed with peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is a natural bug repellent that can help you and you furry friends. Also,maybe do a small mosquito territory check. I would make sure there is nothing outside that can fill up with water, even something like an upside down trash can lid, or a tarp can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, anything that can contain water, not just the typical well know areas like creeks, lakes, marshes. Hope everything gets better and maybe some of me tips help.

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