Insect bites on pets is a common problem faced by pet owners. Dogs, cats, and even birds can suffer from insect bites so it is important to know how to deal with this pesky situation.
Dogs are playful animals and are often found sniffing and exploring unusual places. They tend to sniff under the trash bins, below the ledges and mysterious corners of porches and sheds and love digging up the soil. These places are home to a number of insects which will not hesitate to bite the unsuspecting, curious pooch. At one time or another, this adventurous behavior will lead to insect bites on your dog. Although, you may think of it as a minor insect bite, many insect bites on dogs lead to numerous reactions and dog allergies. It is important to recognize and understand the types of bites and their possible symptoms.
Insect bites on dogs are usually due to the sting of bees, wasps, hornets or ants. If your dog is bitten by any of these insects, he may show symptoms within 20 minutes of the bite. You should keep a close watch on your dog as mild symptoms develop after 12 - 24 hours.
If you observe insect bites on a dog's belly, it means that the dog has been bitten by either wasps or ants. Bees also sting on the hairless areas of the dog. The most common place to observe insect bites on dogs is on the face, head or areas around the mouth. Stings and insect bites on dogs results in inflammation and pain. This may take about an hour to subside. In cases where the dog is bitten by honey bees or wasps, there will be redness and the sting site will feel hot to the touch. If the stinger is left behind, it contains muscle tissues that keep contracting and injecting more venom into the dog. The best way to remove the stinger is scrapping it off using a credit card or a similar object. Do not use a tweezers to pull out the stinger as it may cause the stinger to release more venom.
You may also find flea or tick bites on your dog. When the dog is bitten by a flea, it is generally not one flea, but a number fleas that have made their home in your dog's fur coat. If your dog scratches and bites the various parts of his body repeatedly, it means he is infested with fleas. Ticks are also common pests that can cause serious bites on dogs. These tiny pests attach themselves to the dog's skin and suck blood till they are full. Once full, they drop off and die. Even though the tick dies, this bite can lead to many deadly diseases in both dogs and even the dog owner.
Dogs can also be bitten by spiders. There are many poisonous spiders. Spider venom can cause a reaction the minute it comes in contact with the dog's skin. Most of the spiders cannot penetrate their fangs into the dog skin and do not pose much of a threat. However, black widows spiders can penetrate the skin and cause serious consequences.
Insect bites on dogs can include the following reactions:
Blood sucking insects like mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, etc. cause swelling and irritation on the bite site. These insects contain some compounds in their saliva that aggravates this effect on the dog's skin and may also cause tiny bumps on the skin. Spider bites cause large swollen bumps because the e spider bite contains an enzyme in the injected venom that leads to an allergic reaction on the dog's skin.
Few insect bites on dogs are extremely dangerous, but some can be very irritating and painful to your dog. There are some home remedies for treating insect bites on dogs that are safe and effective. Below are some suggestions:
Many dogs develop allergic reactions to bites and stings that require immediate veterinary attention. If the bites are on the face, the swelling may obstruct the dog's vision or breathing. If you find the dog is having trouble breathing or seems disoriented, take him to the vet immediately. You may need to seek veterinary attention if the dog is bitten by a spider, as their venom can cause a more serious reaction than bees or wasps.
It is very important to take care of your dog in case he is
bitten by any insect. Even a minor mosquito bite can lead to an
infection as the dog tends to keep scratching the itchy area.
This can lead to infection by other pathogens which may cause
other problems like pus or fever in your dog. Pet care is the
owner's responsibility. To give the best possible care to your
dog please make sure you do not take insect bites lightly, as the
life of your pet may depend on your alertness.
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