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Mosquito diseases in dogs

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. 

Mosquito diseases
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.

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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.

Related article: Tick disease and control

Bayer Products

  • Advantage Multi® for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin) packaging

    Advantage Multi® for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin)

    An all-in-one monthly topical that prevents heartworm disease, kills adult fleas and treats roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.

    Advantage Multi® for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin)

    Indicated for:

    HEARTWORMS
    HEARTWORMS
    FLEAS
    FLEAS
    ROUNDWORMS
    ROUNDWORMS
    HOOKWORMS
    HOOKWORMS
    WHIPWORMS
    WHIPWORMS
    SARCOPTIC MANGE
    SARCOPTIC MANGE
    MICROFILARIAE
    MICROFILARIAE

    CAUTION: Federal (U.S.A.) law restricts Advantage Multi® for Dogs (imidacloprid + moxidectin) to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.

  • K9 Advantage® II for extra large dogs and large dogs packing

    K9 Advantix® II

    A once-monthly topical application that kills and repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

    Do not use on Cats.

    K9 Advantix® II

    Indicated for:

    FLEAS
    FLEAS
    TICKS
    TICKS
    MOSQUITOES
    MOSQUITOES
    BITING FLIES
    BITING FLIES
    CHEWING LICE
    CHEWING LICE

    Do not use on Cats.

  • Advantage® Treatment Spray for dogs

    Advantage® Treatment Spray for dogs

    An on-pet treatment spray that kills and repels fleas, ticks and lice.

    Advantage® Treatment Spray for dogs

    Indicated for:

    FLEAS
    FLEAS
    TICKS
    TICKS
    LICE
    LICE