It’s summer, but to us pets owners we know what season it really is: flea/tick/mosquito season. It’s that time of the year when you become wary of letting your dog walk through ominous-looking grass and uncut lawns.
We may think that our beloved pets – cats and dogs are protected against mosquito bites, but the reality is different. Although animals have thick fur and hair, mosquitoes still can bite them in areas that are not protected by hair, which include nose, airs, stomach and other areas. And similar to you, your cat or dog also finds mosquito bites very itchy and the bitten area may swell and get an infection if not treated correctly. This is why we have gathered tips of how to protect your pets from mosquito bites and how to treat mosquito bitten areas. After all, mosquito bites carry deadly consequences and can transmit diseases like heartworm and West Nile. But if encasing your dog in a protective, unpenetrable bubble doesn’t work for you, here are some ways to keep your pet safe and bite-free all summer.
How to treat mosquito bites
In general mosquito bites do not harm animals, except those areas where mosquitoes carry the dangerous heartworm disease that can be deadly to dogs, cats and other animals. But our pets do get the same itching feeling as humans and can also get an infection in the bitten area, if they keep scratching the skin around that area. So it is important to properly treat these areas, especially if you see that your dog or cat won’t stop scratching the bite and the swelling spot starts to become larger.
A mosquito bitten area usually becomes red, swells and cause an inflammatory response and itching that can last for few hours. The reaction from a pet is to start scratching, licking and chewing that bitten area to relief the itch, similar as we tend to scratch mosquito bitten areas. Although a mosquito bite is not dangerous to a pet, you should pay attention if the bitten area does not start to swell more or if a dog starts to act unusual, as these can be signs that the bite might not be from a mosquito, but from a more dangerous insect such as a wasp or even a spider. In that case bring your pet to a wet, so he can examine the bite and treat it with a proper medication.
There are many ways you can relief the itching feeling and prevent bacteria infecting the bitten area. Some of these remedies are medications such as antibacterial creams against infections that you can get from a wet. But there are also many natural remedies that you can find at your home, which can be used on mosquito bitten areas of your dog or cat.
DON’T use human insect repellent on your pet
Human bug sprays are great for us, but they’re toxic for our furry friends. DEET, the main ingredient in most drugstore bug sprays, can cause vomiting, seizures, and skin irritation when exposed to dogs.
When applying bug spray, make sure your dog doesn’t lick your skin, and if they do, contact your vet immediately.
DO avoid leaving stagnant water around your home
To prevent this, eliminate any standing water around your home (like the puddle of water behind your air conditioner or the dish of three-day-old water under your plants). You might also want to empty your dog’s water bowl at night when you know they won’t be drinking it.
DO buy insect-repellent products made for pets
Fairly self-explanatory, but stick to products that are made for dogs. That way you know they’re safe to use. Most flea and tick products are formulated to repel mosquitoes as well.
Do buy QM mosquito trap
One of these new traps developed by QM is called the MBOX, by using photo catalysis of titanium dioxide (also known as the Honda-Fujishima Effect). When a titanium dioxide surface is irradiated by light, the photo catalytic effect and hydrophilic are activated together. Any organic chemical in contact with the surface will undergo decomposition to CO2 and H2O and thus releasing a smell that attracts female mosquitoes. Get more information from http://www.moskiller.com/.