Pet-Pestering Mosquitoes

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Most of us consider our pets to be like family members. We love them, care for them, and go through specific measures to keep them happy and healthy. We provide food, water, medicine, playtime, and love to ensure their every comfort. However, many pet owners do not think about mosquito prevention and the troubles a mosquito bite can cause for a pet.

When our beloved pet is bitten by a mosquito, they feel the similar sting that humans do. Their urge to scratch the itch is just as strong as ours, only cats and dogs don’t know that this action makes the urge to scratch much worse. Often times, pet owners do not recognize an animal’s excessive scratching as what it simply is: a normal reaction to being bitten.

Why do mosquito bites itch so much?

Mosquito bites cause human bodies to release histamines to combat the mosquito’s saliva transferred by the bite. The same histamine response happens in your pet. The body’s immune system also sends white blood cells to repair the damage done by the mosquito, so a bump may rise a couple of hours after the mosquito has done the damage. Histamines also gather around the area and cause the localized spot to itch.

Your pet will naturally begin to scratch the area to gain relief. This is the time a pet owner needs to step in. The natural response to scratch an itch could lead to further discomfort, incessant scratching, and even possible infection. Horses may try to nip at these areas or shake their heads to relieve the discomfort. Cats and dogs may scratch or bite at the bumps to the point of bleeding. No one with a beloved animal wants to see their pet uncomfortable.

What areas on my pet are exposed to mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes will most likely hone in on the part of your pet that has the least hair. The ears, right above the eyes, and the tender underbelly are areas that are more exposed to mosquitoes. They can more easily access blood vessels in these areas than trying to dig down through thick fur or tougher skin.

Horses will whip their tails against their irritated skin. Dogs and cats can reach nearly every area on their bodies, so they are more likely to become obsessive about scratching these sensitive areas. Since the skin in these areas are thinner and more exposed, it makes them more prone to bleeding and infection.

Help is Available

A responsible pet owner can take measures to prevent mosquito bites. Homeowners can use specific sprays to combat and deter mosquitoes from yards, while apartment owners can ensure the area around doors and windows is free of gathering yard debris and pooling water. Many pest prevention sprays, collars, drops, and medicines are readily available in grocery stores, pet stores, and veterinarian offices.

Another way you can help your pet is by investing in professional pest control. A pest control expert can help you spot problem areas and develop a pest control plan with a focus on repelling the pests that plague your furry family members.

The love we feel for our pets goes a long way towards their overall comfort. Pet care should also include the prevention of mosquito bites. It is inexpensive and easy to do. Your pet will love you for it.

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