Do Dogs Get Bit by Mosquitoes?

Dogs

Yes, dogs are just as likely to get bitten by mosquitoes as we are. You might think that all the fur will get in the way but mosquitoes will find a way to reach the tasty blood they so desire.

Dogs that get bitten by mosquitoes will display symptoms like constant scratching, rubbing their body against a hard surface, and the development of red welts. It’s not so much the irritation that is the concern here. The most serious concern is that mosquitoes can pass on infections and parasites like heartworms to dogs.

There are a number of ways to keep your dog safe from mosquitoes. For starters, don’t take your dog outside during the time of the day when mosquitoes are most active. The CDC highlights that mosquitoes are most active during dawn and dusk. You should also keep your dog away from areas where mosquitoes are likely to be present, including wooded areas and places with lots of standing water.

You should also speak to your vet about the best way to repel mosquitoes. Some vets, for example, may offer on-spot treatments like Advantix to protect your dog from mosquito bites. Whatever you do, don’t spray your dog with mosquito repellents designed for humans.