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.
Bayer offers Advantage Multi® for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin), which prevents heartworm disease, treats and controls roundworms, hookworms and whipworms, and kills fleas. Ask your veterinarian how to get a prescription for your dog. Product Label.
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 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.)
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