Can Mosquitoes Harm Your Pet?

Mosquitoes are small parasites that can be a nuisance to animals and humans alike. They reproduce quickly, especially during warm and humid weather or around ponds, pools, lakes, and other sources of water.

Commonly known, these pesky little parasites can carry and transmit many diseases to humans, but also, a deadly disease for pets known as heartworm. Although not all mosquitoes carry such disease, their bite might cause some nuisance to yourself or your pet.

Heartworm is a parasitic roundworm that is spread through the bites of mosquitoes, affecting the heart, lungs and surrounding tissues of the animal. Here are a few symptoms of mosquito bites:

  • Allergic reactions.
  • Constant scratching.
  • Mosquito bites (bumps on your dog’s skin).
  • Skin irritation.

Protect your pet with year-round heartworm prevention and regular testing.

How to protect your pet from mosquitoes?

  • Avoid going outdoors early in the morning and late afternoon.
  • Avoid leaving stagnant water around your house and garden.
  • Have window and door screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home.
  • Use pet-friendly mosquito repellents.

Even if you don’t live in a high-risk area for heartworm, there is always a chance your pet could become infected. Although heartworm disease cannot be directly transmitted from one animal to another, it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito for your pet to get heartworm.

If you would like to start your pet on a parasite prevention treatment, contact your veterinarian for their recommended program.

Written by Moncton Animal Hospital