The buzz of a mosquito zipping by your ear is a disturbing sound. Worse yet is a mosquito’s bite, which can drive you crazy — and potentially cause mosquito diseases in your dog.
Unfortunately, mosquitoes are found throughout the world and can live all year long. They can reproduce quickly, emerging even during short periods of warm, moist weather.
Mosquito bites cause irritation
Mosquito bites on dogs can be highly irritating. When dogs scratch at the itchy bites, they can damage their skin, leading to irritation, pain and even bacterial infection. Some dogs can actually suffer from allergic reactions to their bites resulting in swelling or hives.
Not only are they irritating, but mosquitoes also carry viruses and parasites they can pass to your dog. For example, they can spread diseases such as heartworm disease.
Heartworm in dogs is the main mosquito disease of concern. When mosquitoes bite, they can pass heartworms to your dog. Thankfully, not all mosquitoes carry heartworms, but all it takes is one bite from the wrong mosquito for your dog to become infected.
How to help prevent mosquitoes on dogs
Prevention is the best medicine. Routine application of a product that kills and repels mosquitoes is an effective way to help protect your dog from these pests.