Even though our dogs have fur, they can still be bitten by an insect. After all, we get insect bites under our clothes - bugs can be sneaky and small and find any place possible to grab a snack. Fortunately, there are some dog-safe insect repellents, such as our Buh Bye Bugs Spray, that will keep your dog safe from insects.
About Insect Bites in Dogs
As with humans, dogs can be allergic to bug bites. Bites can be localized and swollen, red, or puffy at the area of the bite. They can also cause a more systemic reaction and lead to vomiting, difficulty breathing, hives all over your dog's body, or an entirely swollen face. In some cases, this can progress to a severe condition called anaphylactic shock.
If your dog has an allergy to an insect, it's usually either the proteins in the saliva or the venom that causes the reaction. While some dogs are born with the allergy, continued exposure to a bite of that type of insect can create sensitivity. Common insects to cause issues with dogs are spiders, fleas, and ticks. Bee stings are also problematic for some dogs.
Treating Insect Bites in Dogs
Medication may be needed to treat your dog's insect bites or stings, including options of antihistamines and corticosteroids. In a more severe case, your dog may need IV fluids, oxygen, and epinephrine to survive the bite. These more severe reactions are rare, however, so the prognosis is usually good. However, it still sucks for our dogs (and takes time and money to head to the vet), so prevention is key.
Preventing Insect Bites in Dogs
The easiest way to prevent insect bites in dogs is to use a dog-safe bug repellent, such as our Buh Bye Bugs Spray, to keep your dog protected. Even if your dog is mostly inside, insects and bugs can still find their way into our homes.
In Pups We Trust is especially proud of our spray since it's safe to be licked! This means you can use the spray on even the most sensitive areas, like the ears, paws, and nose. It's also made locally in the USA and contains only all-natural ingredients.
Using the spray to repel bugs is the fastest, easiest, and safest way to ensure your dog doesn't develop an allergic reaction to bug bites or have to endure the itchiness and pain that comes with a bite or a string.
If you notice a sensitive spot on your dog be sure to try our Boo Boo Fixer it's only $5 and works on minor irritations