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8 common insects that bite cats and dogs

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As with humans, dogs and cats can get stung and bitten by insects. Allergic reactions to bug bites are very common in pets and they depend on the bite location and the venom. While dogs are more prone to be bitten along their armpits and bellies during walking and running through grass, cats suffer swollen paws more because of batting at insects.

To treat a bite on your pet, ensure the insect is removed immediately, and use soapy water to clean the stung area. Removing the stinging or biting insect would eliminate the toxin source. In addition, itching and swelling can be treated with icing down the bite area. Later, you should keep an eye out and monitor your pet for any progressive changes such as worsening swelling or hives, and if you find any of these, get veterinary help immediately.

Almost all pet parents face the problem of bug bites with their pets. As a pet parent responsibility, it is essential to recognize those bugs and know how to treat them; this is the crucial key to prevent bug bite effects. As a first step to deal properly with this issue, it would be a good idea to know the common bugs that are most aggressive and seek our pets.

According to experienced veterinarians, the proper prevention of insects is not only crucial to prevent bug bites, but it is also essential to prevent insect transmitted diseases. Insects transmit life threatening viruses, parasites, and bacteria. It is much recommended to focus on using the vet-prescribed medications that may be oral, topical, or collar-based. If a bug has stung or bitten your pet, do not hesitate to seek medical help by someone who knows what should be done.

1.  Fleas

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What is thirstier to blood than a hungry flea? Fleas jump onto the bodies of our pets, they can zoom across almost all parts of skin surface. Their favorite locations are the neck, head, perineum, and tail base; these are the common locations where fleas congregate to irritate and bite the pets’ skin. To relief their irritation, pets will lick, scratch, or chew themselves. Flea saliva is allergen to the extent of that a single flea bite can result in the all over-body-hitching dance. Skin lesions caused by fleabites can be swollen, oozing, or crusting, and sometimes accompanied by redness and hair loss.