It’s easy to forget that your human family members aren’t the only ones to suffer when mosquitos are around. After all, your family pet can hardly tell you why they’re suddenly itching. However, just like humans, cats and dogs can be bitten by mosquitos, resulting in itchy, raised bumps. Take a look below to learn how these nuisances can be more than just an annoyance for our beloved pets.
Unfortunately, when a mosquito bites your pet, they have a similar reaction to what humans do: a raised, itchy bump that it’s almost impossible not to scratch. Pets are most likely to receive mosquito bites where fur is thin; on their faces, in or around their ears, or on their bellies. Sadly, these areas are also very easy for pets to access with teeth and claws.
We all know how hard it is to resist scratching at a mosquito bite, and cats and dogs have much less impulse control than we do. When a pet has a mosquito bite, they are likely to bite and scratch at the welt, sometimes to the point of causing themselves an injury. The pet may tear at their skin, creating a wound that can, in some circumstances, become infected. While an infection is generally a relatively small medical issue that a vet can tend to easily, even small issues add up quickly at the vet, not to mention the pain it will cause your furry best friend while it heals.
Most pet owners are aware of heartworms and the dangers they can cause, but many don’t know how heartworms actually occur. Heartworms are a dangerous parasite that live in the veins of infected cats and dogs. They can be picked up by a mosquito bite.
A heartworm can grow as long as a foot, and can do major damage to an animal’s internal organs. A blood test is required to diagnose heartworms, and multiple rounds of treatments are often needed to rid the animal of all parasites after an infection is detected.
These are far from the only dangers posed to pets from these pests — others like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are rare, but in some cases these often-fatal diseases can be passed to cats and dogs from mosquitos.
Pets have a similar discomfort to humans when it comes mosquito encounters. To help protect your furry family members, take the time to speak with a professional about what preventative steps you can take to keep these troublesome pests away from your home. If you limit the chances of your pets having to deal with mosquito bites it will also restrict the complications that bites can cause them.