Mosquito bites on dogs…your questions answered!

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Mosquito bites are not only dangerous for us humans but also for our dogs. They are responsible for over a million human deaths worldwide every year, more than any other organism. I am here to answer some dog lover questions when it comes to those life threatening bugs attacking our fur babies!

  • Do dogs attract Mosquitoes?
  • Can Mosquitoes kill dogs?
  • Can I spray my dog with mosquito repellent?
  • What is the best mosquito repellent for dogs?
  • How do you treat mosquito bites on dogs?
  • Can my dog be allergic to mosquito bites?

For people who live in Mosquito rich area’s, it can sometimes be hard to avoid them while enjoying a game of fetch or walking with your dog. I know there have been times at our house when we couldn’t even enjoy sitting outside on the deck! (Until this year because I actually found something that works that isn’t fogger or bug spray!)

Do dogs attract Mosquitoes?

Dogs attract this annoying and dangerous bug just as much as humans do. Although Dogs aren’t susceptible to Malaria, like we are, there are other mosquito diseases they can get. (Which I will go into later. ) Here are some things around your yard that can attract them even more;

  • Standing Water – Removing this is one of the most effective ways to deter Mosquitoes. Bird baths, dog water buckets, puddles, untreated pools, old tires, etc… It takes only 8 days for them to grow from egg to adult!
  • Tall Grass, weeds and brushes – The more you have in your yard, the more mosquitoes you will have hanging around because they protect them from the sun.
  • If you are hot or sweating – This dangerous little bug loves any kind of moisture! They are born with eyes that are able to pick up on thermal sensory information. So the hotter you are, the more you will attract.
  • Bug Zappers – Surprisingly these don’t work for getting rid of mosquitoes. A study published in the journal PIOS showed that bug zappers are good at luring them in, but they are only effective at killing the non biting male Mosquitoes! ( I thought that was very interesting!) Not only that but they kill thousands of bugs that are harmless and necessary to the ecosystem, such as moths and fireflies.
  • Nectar – Some will eat nectar as well as blood. Meaning, the more flowers you have, the more attractive your yard will be.

Can Mosquitoes Kill dogs?

Yes, unfortunately, one Mosquito bite could kill your dog. Heartworm is the biggest concern and is a parasite that lives in the dog’s heart and blood vessels. It’s recommended that dogs are tested yearly as it may take 6 months for them to test positive. Heartworm symptoms include coughing, fainting, have a hard time breathing, painful inflammation of the kidneys, eyes and joints, and they usually have very low energy to do what they love. These symptoms can also be associated to other diseases so it’s often hard to tell and that is why a blood test is needed. Thankfully, you can protect them by giving them a monthly heartworm preventative medication, such as Heartgard.

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Dogs can also get other diseases from Mosquitoes, such as West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEE), and Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis Virus (VEE). Signs that your dog may be sick from one of these are; Fever, Diarrhea, weight-loss, decreased appetite, swollen abdomen or legs, jaundice, weakness, difficulty walking, tremors, abnormal head posture, convulsions, seizures, organ failure. It’s important to take your dog to the vet if you see any of these signs.

Can I spray my dog with mosquito repellent?

Human bug sprays are toxic for dogs. DEET can cause vomiting, seizures, and skin irritation when exposed to our fur babies. So if you use this on yourself, make sure you don’t spray it on or around them or let your dog lick your skin. There are sprays that are safe for dogs. Chewy offers them but I have personally not tried them.

What is the best mosquito repellent for dogs?

Having sandalwood or citronella candles can help safely repel but aren’t always super effective, especially if you are in a heavy mosquito area, like at my house. They have very limited effective radius, like only 15 feet. I live near a river and surrounded by woods. We tried years of fogging, which is putting chemicals in the air and if it’s windy didn’t work. Plus, we didn’t like the kids and dogs breathing it in!

This year is different. I was recommended, by another dog mom, The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator  and love it. We have not been bit once yet! The dogs aren’t being “bugged” by them either! I walk and play fetch with them everyday with no spray on! We have a large yard and 1 tube covers 1 acre so I got a 4 pack. You just add water and hang it at the corner of your yard. You can get it off Amazon in a 4 pack; I haven’t had much luck finding it at stores around here. The Eradicator will reduce the mosquito population in the first 15 days up to 95% and they last for 90 days!! WIN WIN! I do suggest if the mosquito season has already started, that you double up per acre to catch up. It’s worth it.

Another thing we like to buy is the citronella plant. It seems to work very well if you are near it. Great for the front porch and back deck. Just make sure your animals don’t eat it. But with the new Spartan Eradicator, we are skipping the plants this year to save money because we don’t feel we need them.

How do you treat mosquito bites on dogs?

Obviously the best treatment is prevention. BUT if your dog does get bit after being on a hike or outdoors there are things you can do to reduce the itching and discomfort. Hartz (the maker of flea and tick collars) suggests antibacterial cream on the mosquito bite if it’s on the ear or nose to prevent infection. I also read that a bath in cold water can help relieve the itching. So fill the dog pool with hose water and let them lay in there for a while.

If you see signs of an allergic reaction, like trouble breathing or swelling, seek out your vet as soon as possible. Experts say you can also give your dog Benadryl to help relieve symptoms as well. Just don’t give more than 1mg per 1 pound of body weight.

I hope this was extremely helpful! Good luck and Dog Bless!

The Spartan Mosquito Eradicator 

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40 comments

  1. I’ve never heard of Spartan Mosquito Eradicator. I’m going to look more into this to see if it is a fit for us. thanks for sharing!

  2. I don’t have a dog but whenever I have one will sure keep ypur points in my mind.

  3. Thank you for this article, since I am a dog lover too and thinking of getting one soon. I really never thought that a mosquito could kill a dog, that’s new to me, but I know it now.

  4. thanks for sharing this review, very helpful & informative for dog owners. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  5. I’d never really thought about mosquito bites on dogs even though I knew about heartworm and use a preventative on my dog. Our yard is full of mosquitos this time of year, so I’ll definitely be trying the Spartan Mosquito Eradicator!

  6. I had no clue that mosquito ate a cause for concern for dogs! Thanks so much for sharing such an informative article!

    • Absolutely! Good point! Mosquito bites on our puppies are just as dangerous! It’s important to start with prevention. Thank you for your comment and hope to hear from you again! Dog Bless!🐾❤

  7. Aww poor puppies. Mosquitos are the WORST, especially if you’re always outdoors somewhere like I am.

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