Insect Bite on Dog
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Insect Bite on Dog


There are many different animals that can bite our dogs. A lot of them are insects, e.g. fleas and mosquitoes. Others have eight legs or more and are therefore not insects. Since many dog owners still refer to them as insects, we will however include some information about them in this article about insect bite on dog. Ticks, centipedes and poisonous spiders are three examples of animals that are not insects.

Many animals do not really bite; they inject venom into the dog using a stinger and can cause pain, swelling and other unpleasant reactions. Examples of such animals are wasps, bees, centipedes, millipedes and several species of ant. In everyday speech it is however not uncommon to refer to a centipede sting as a centipede bite and so on. 

Some animals, such as the flea, infest the dogs and multiply rapidly. Others, such as the tic, merely suck some blood from the dog and then let go, without leaving any youngsters behind in the coat. The recommended treatment will therefore differ considerably depending on which type of animal we’re dealing with.

Insect bite on dog – Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes prefer to draw blood from humans, but can also attack dogs. The blood loss is miniscule and the itching quickly subsiding, but mosquitoes can cause harm to dogs by transfering dangerous parasites. Mosquitoes can for instance be carrying an immature stage of heartworm. If you live in an area where heartworm carrying mosquitoes are present, you should ideally let a veterinarian check your dog each spring. If the dog is not infested, you can use heartworm preventative to make it stay that way throughout the summer even if it does receive plenty of insect bite on dog. Heartworm preventatives must never be given to infested dogs, since it can produce adverse effects in infested animals. 

Insect bite on dog – Fleas

There are many different types of fleas in the world. The species that most commonly causes insect bite on dog is Ctenocephalides canis, the dog flea. Fleas are wingless insects belonging to the order Siphonaptera. Fleas need blood from warmblooded creatures to survive. Fleas are usually a nuisance rather than a health threat, but in extreme cases insect bite on dog can cause anaemia. Since fleas puncture the skin and draw blood, they can spread several different diseases and the bite marks can also become infected by bacteria and other micro organisms that are harmless when they live on the skin of the dog, but harmful when they get a chance to multiply inside an open wound. It is common for the skin to become irritated when exposed to flea saliva. Problems commonly associated with flea bite are allergies, secondary skin irritations, infections     

Insect bite on dog – Ticks

Ticks are external parasites with eight legs. They feed on the blood of mammals and birds, and sometimes even attack reptiles and amphibians. While sucking, the tick can transmit a series of different diseases. Tics usually stay in tall grass and crawl onto the dog when the dog brushes itself against the grass. When your dog has been out playing in high grass, it is therefore a good idea to check for fleas. Some ticks only emerge from their hiding spots to quickly draw blood, but most species attach themselves to the host until they are full. They can therefore remain attached to a dog for several days and any malicious micro organism will have plenty of time to enter the dog. In North America, one of the most common flea species is Dermacentor variabilis, the American dog tick.

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