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 disease 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 can be highly irritating to dogs. When dogs scratch at the itchy bites, they can damage their skin, leading to bacterial infection.
More than an annoying bite
Mosquitoes also carry viruses and parasites that they can pass to your dog. For example, they can spread diseases such as West Nile virus and heartworm disease.
West Nile virus is spread when a mosquito bites an infected bird. When mosquitos carrying the virus bite a dog, they can transmit the virus. However, it’s unlikely that a healthy dog will become ill from West Nile virus. Very young and very old dogs are more likely to be affected, as are those with a weak immune system due to another illness. Symptoms of possible infection include weakness, fever and muscle spasms.
Mosquitoes transmit heartworm disease
Heartworm in dogs is the main mosquito-related concern. When mosquitoes bite, they can pass heartworms to your dog. Thankfully, not all mosquitoes carry heartworms, but there’s no way to tell which ones do. Removing any still or standing water from around your home helps reduce the number of mosquitoes living near your house. But because you can never guarantee a mosquito-free environment, we suggest treating your dog with a monthly heartworm preventive.
Bayer offers Advantage Multi® for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin), which prevents heartworm disease and treats and controls roundworms, hookworms and whipworms and kills fleas. Ask your veterinarian how to get a prescription for your dog.
We also offer K9 Advantix® II, which kills and repels mosquitoes, as well as fleas and ticks. It also repels biting flies and kills lice. It is not to be used in place of a heartworm prevention product and is not indicated for use in the prevention of heartworm disease.
Do not use K9 Advantix® II on cats
CAUTION: Federal (U.S.A.) law restricts Advantage Multi® for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin) to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. WARNING: DO NOT ADMINISTER THIS PRODUCT ORALLY. For the first 30 minutes after application ensure that dogs cannot lick the product from application sites on themselves or other treated animals. Children should not come in contact with the application sites for two (2) hours after application.(See Contraindications, Warnings, Human Warnings, and Adverse Reactions, for more information.) CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not use this product on cats.