Dogs and Mosquitoes

During the warmer months of the year, mosquitoes tend to become quiet the pests. They grow in number and seem to be everywhere. Mosquitoes can cause harm to your dog through their bites because they can transmit parasitic diseases such as the West Nile Virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and systemic lupus erythematosus to people and animals. Mosquitoes are also the number one carrier of heartworms, which can invade the blood cells and vital organs of your dog causing irreparable damage. Signs of heartworm infection may include fatigue, coughing, enlarged abdomen, vomiting and weight loss. Besides diseases, mosquito bites can also cause skin allergies or infections especially if your dog is scratching at the bite or picking at it. If this happens, ask your vet about a topical cream that can be applied to relieve the itching. Keep standing water out of your yard to reduce mosquitoes and spray your yard with pet friendly mosquito repellent. You should also talk with your vet clinic Murrieta, CA about other solutions. Learn more here.


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