Dog Scratching

Bug Bites & Your Dog

With the onset of the warmer months, your pup is likely enjoying more time outdoors. But along with the blooming of flowers and the budding of trees, comes the buzzing of bugs. Mosquitoes, mites, fleas, bees, spiders and other insects can become a nuisance—and at times a health risk—to your canine companion. Veterinarian clinics in Toronto often advise pet owners take preventative measures to avoid fleas. That’s why most dogs are prescribed an anti-flea regimen such as Bravecto. Unfortunately, there are no such defensive measures for other insect bites. Here then is some advice for everything else.

Signs Your Dog has been Bitten

As much as you try to watch out for your pets, they still have a way of getting their muzzles into mischief. Because it’s not always immediately apparent that your dog got bit or stung, here are some signs and symptoms veterinary clinics in Toronto advise you to watch out for.

  • Swelling. Particularly on ears, eyelids, and lips
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Small itchy bumps on the skin
  • Hives. They appear as welts on the skin and are itchy
  • Weak pulse
  • Vomiting and/ or diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Increased heart rate

Be sure to take your dog to your Toronto animal clinic immediately in the event he or she has trouble breathing, seems ill or disoriented, has major swelling, or has trouble moving.

Treating Bug Bites on Your Pup

In the event your dog has been bitten or stung, you can try the following to offer relief. It’s important to prevent scratching as much as possible in order to prevent infection.

  • In the event your dog has a stinger—bee, wasp or hornet—embedded in his or her skin, you’ll need to remove it.
  • Do not use tweezers for this task, as this will cause additional venom to be released. Instead, use the edge of a credit card to carefully guide it free from your pet’s skin.
  • A paste of baking soda and water can be applied on all bites and stings. This concoction will treat soreness, inflammation, and itchiness.
  • Ice packs can be used to prevent swelling.
  • Aloe vera gel can help with soreness and itching.
  • An oatmeal bath can aid with extreme all over itching.

Emergency Veterinary Services

Not every bug bite or sting on your dog requires an emergency visit to the vet clinic, but in the case that it does, Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic is open seven days a week and provides emergency service when you need it. Our affordable vet has been caring for pets in Toronto for more than 20 years. We’re happy to provide all your family pets with the care they need to live a healthy and happy life. Call us today with any questions or to make an appointment.

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