Dealing with Infestations and Stings this Spring/Summer

Coming into the Spring and Summer seasons it is good for pet owners to be prepared for insect attacks when they are out and about with their dogs. These bugs can deliver nasty bites to any dog which can become itchy and irritated  over time and cause them to scratch relentlessly. We will go over the  different types of bug bites and how they can be prevented. 

Fleas

When it comes to dogs, everyone has heard of fleas! If your pet is not protected with a good treatment they can pick up an infestation before you know it. The problem with fleas is that their saliva is extremely irritating to a dogs flesh resulting in a bite becoming very red, swollen and vexatious for them. Although the fleas are more common during the summer months they do tend to be present all year round in warmer areas. We have a variety of Flea shampoos and repellents available that will help prevent and combat a flea infestation. There are also other helpful prevention items that will help.

Ticks

Although not as common as fleas, ticks tend to be more abundant at certain times of the year in certain areas. Ticks require three things in order to thrive; high temperatures, high humidity and a plethora of hosts to latch on to. You can usually tell pretty easily if a tick has bitten your dog as it will attach itself and become larger in size over time. You should take extra care when removing them as if it is not a clean removal the head may stay attached and lead to infection.  As ticks carry infection it is important to watch the bite area for a few days after to avoid any infection. You should take a look at our essential products to help protect yourself and your dog from a nasty tick bite.

Mites

There are four main type of mite that can infest a dog:

  • Sarcoptes scabiei (burrowing mites)
  • cheyletiella yasguri (surface mites)
  • Otodectes cynosis (ear mites)
  • Pneumonyssoides sninium (nasal mites) but these aren’t as common.

Mange is the general term used for a mite infestation. There are certain types of mite that are more contagious than others, such as the Sarcoptes and the Cheyletiella, mostly between dogs but also between dogs and people. Mites can be a lot harder to detect than other external parasites as they are so small they can only be seen under microscope. However the effects of mites are much more noticeable as they can cause extreme itchiness, redness of skin, hair loss in patchy areas, sores, infection and thickening of the skin causing crustiness which can be extremely uncomfortable for the dog.  Unfortunately if an infestation of mites has been diagnosed then only a veterinary approved parasitic agent can resolve the issue although these products may help with preventing an attack before any harm is done. 

Bees

A bee sting can potentially be very serious for a dog as a lot of them can suffer pronounced reactions to being stung, possibly leading to anaphylactic shock. The sting will result in extreme pain for the dog and they will immediately begin scratching the affected area but this will ultimately worsen the issue as it cause the venom to seep deeper into the flesh. Quite a bit of swelling will occur post sting and depending on where the sting is you should try and prevent possible breathing obstruction which can lead to other serious problems. Using these products can help keep you and your dog safe from bee stings. 

Wasps

Wasps can also deliver nasty stings to dogs but unlike bees, they can survive afterwards for repeat attacks which can be much more serious so after the initial incident your dog may not be safe. The good news is that most dogs wont’t be as sensitive to the sting of a wasp in comparison to a bee but some may still experience anaphylactic shock and need to be treated for such immediately, making sure the breathing is not obstructed and veterinary attention is sought out immediately. Again the same products as suggested for the bees will help here.

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