Your Dog Is Having Problems with Mosquitoes?
Warm humid days in summer bring with them mosquitoes, which are liable to bite your dog on exposed areas of skin like their ears and nose. As in humans, a mosquito bite can bring more than an itch, as it can lead to parasitic infections, which for dogs is primarily heartworm that can spread to their heart and lungs.
Managing a Mosquito Bite
Following a bite, treat the affected area with antibacterial cream and see your vet if the bites fail to heal. You should also remain vigilant for signs of heartworm, such as tiredness, coughing, sickness, breathing problems and poor tolerance to exercise, as a blood test can reveal its presence and allow your dog to access prompt treatment.
You can prevent mosquito bites by taking the following steps:
- As mosquitoes thrive around stagnant water, remove any sources from your home and yard, which includes changing water bowls regularly
- Fitting window and door screens to your home to prevent the entry of mosquitoes
- Avoiding walks with your dog in marshy areas
- Keeping your pet indoors during early morning and evening to avoid exposure
Making sure your dog is on a preventive program for heartworm will also minimize the risks if they are bitten.
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