The Mosquito: Presentation and Danger!

Information about mosquitoes and their bites! Are they harmful to my dog?

Oh the mosquitoes! My Mistress and me, we hate them! Once he starts to make beautiful, here who come to spoil the beautiful summer evenings! For those who asked themselves the question: well Yes, mosquitoes love us too, we dogs! What risks for us? How to protect? I give you all the keys to be ready to receive them well, these cursed critters!

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How Do Mosquitoes Bite Dogs?

Did you know, only female mosquitoes bite? They need the protein located in the blood to nourish their eggs. They like all mammals, which includes dogs, cats, ferrets etc.

Mosquitoes locate their prey through the carbon dioxide they emit or their smell. Regarding dogs, the length of the hair is not a mosquito-free guarantee! Short-haired dogs may be bitten everywhere, but long-haired dogs should beware of bites where the hair is shorter: thighs, nose, breasts, muzzle, ears, etc.

During the sting, the mosquito uses his saliva to thin the blood. If the mosquito is a carrier of infectious agents, as is often the case, this can become dangerous. In all cases, after the sting, you’re left for a button that problems you for several days.

The Risks Associated with Mosquito Bites

We are not all equal in the face of mosquito bites, and the dog. Furthermore, a luck factor comes into play: If there is infection, there may be serious risks.

Allergies and pitted area

Like us, some dogs can have allergic reactions after a puncture. Swelling, pain, fever… Depending on the area of the body, it can be more or less serious and disabling. An allergy on a leg or a pad results in a limp, on one ear, the hearing can be reached on the anus, the intestinal transit and on the lips or nose, breathing and feeding. If you see a part of your dog’s body begin to swell, it must immediately take him to the vet.

The Heartworm

Sent through the saliva of the mosquito, the parasite lays eggs in the blood of the dog. Developing, to settle in the heart. Due to their large size, worms quickly cause health problems the dog that hosts: tachycardia, fainting, blood urine… placed end to end, these symptoms can alert your vet. Treatment exists, and in high-risk areas, it is even advisable to apply it preemptively to prevent the larvae from developing.

Leishmaniasis

Technically, this isn’t a mosquito but a gnat, the sandfly, which transmits the virus hot dog. It is present in all the Mediterranean basin during the summer. In humans, this disease is usually not very severe. In dogs, on the other hand, it is very serious.

Sometimes asymptomatic for weeks or months, when it breaks out, it is already very late in its development. Weight loss, thickening of the skin, depigmentation, and loss of hair, claws which grow quickly and produce a specific sound that accompanies the movement of the dog. Then, vomiting, diarrhea, ulcers on mucous membranes, the treatments are heavy, frequent relapses and the often fatal outcome for the dog. Feel free to view this page to learn more about leishmaniasis.

Prevention Against Mosquito Bites

When evening falls, mosquitoes are waking up and it’s better to get your dog and close the nets.

As with humans, it is better to avoid wetlands and do not leave standing water around your home. Of incense and the basis of citronella spray can be used, but not directly on the dog.

To keep away mosquitoes, necklaces like the Altynay exist, they are effective, if you think to renew when they have reached their limits.

Finally, check with your vet on the vaccines available!

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