How to deal with infestations and stings

Coming into the Spring and Summer seasons it is good to be prepared for the insects that can attack pet owners when they are out and about with their dogs. These bugs can deliver a nasty bite to any dog which can become itchy and irritating over time and cause them to scratch relentlessly. We will go over the different types of bug bites and how they can be prevented.

Ticks

Although ticks aren’t as common as fleas, they tend to be more abundant at certain times of the year and certain areas of the country. You can usually pretty easily tell if a tick has bitten as it will still be attached to the skin of the dog. It is important when removing them as if it is not a clean removal the head may stay attached. Ticks can carry diseases also so its worth monitoring the wound after to watch for infection. To find out more about how you can help your customers to combat Ticks at home you can read Don’t let fleas take over your salon! and you can also protect yourself and your salon with a variety of products.

Fleas

Everyone has heard of fleas when it comes to dogs. They can infest easily if not protected with a good treatment. A fleas saliva can be a strong irritant to dogs. This means the bite can become very red and swollen and annoying to the dog. Although fleas are more common during the summer months they do tend to be present all year round. There is a wide variety of Flea Shampoos available as well as other products for the salon.

Mites

There are four main types of mites that can infest a dog:

  • Sarcoptes scabiei (burrowing mites)
  • cheyletiella yasguri (surface mites)
  • Otodectes cynosis (ear mites)
  • Pneumonyssoides sninium (nasal mites) but these aren’t as common.

 

The general term for a mite infestation is mange. Certain types of mite including the Sarcoptes and Cheyletiella are highly contagious between dogs and sometimes between dogs and people. Mites are generally a lot harder to detect than other external parasites as they can only be seen under a microscope. The effects of mites, however, are much more noticeable as they cause extreme itchiness, hair loss in patchy areas, redness of the skin in irritated areas, sores, infection and thickening of the skin causing crustiness. Mites will need veterinary approved parasitic agents to resolve. There is a host of products available to protect against Mites.

Wasps

Wasps can also deliver a nasty sting to your dog but unlike bees, they can survive for repeat attacks, so your dog might not be safe after the initial incident.  Although fewer dogs are as sensitive to wasp stings an anaphylactic response may still occur. It will cause distress for your dog and they should be closely monitored.

Bees

Stings from a bee can potentially be very serious for dogs as a significant amount of them suffer a pronounced reaction to being stung, which can easily lead to an anaphylactic shock. The sting will be very painful and your dog will immediately begin to scratch the stung area, this will often worsen the scenario as it causes the venom to inject further into the flesh. A lot of swelling should start to occur and you should ensure the swelling doesn’t obstruct breathing or cause other serious problems.