A vet is warning pet owners about the dangers of insect bites on dogs which appear as large red blotches on the skin.
On Morinville Veterinary Clinic’s Facebook page, the experts explained the dangers fly bites can cause to dogs during the summer months. The vet explained: “We are getting more and more phone calls about red bites on your dogs stomach. We wanted to give everyone this information, these are a type of fly bite, and dogs generally get them from laying in the grass.”
Some symptoms of fly bites on dogs include…
- Itching redness on skin
- Bumps on the skin
- Bites that may bleed or crust over
- Bite wounds
- Presence of flies in the fur
The vets want to reassure owners that, while it’s important to spot the signs of fly bites quickly (and know what to do), it isn’t something you should be fearful about.
“They look terrible, but usually do not bother the dogs. They heal quickly on their own, and do not require any treatment. These flies are usually around for a few weeks every spring and then go away. We hope this eases any worry that you may have had about your own dog,” says the Facebook post.
What should you do if your dog gets bitten by a fly?
If you notice a rash that looks as if your dog has been bitten by an insect, it’s important you take these simple steps to ensure your dog is as comfortable as possible.
Steps to prevent insect bites…
- Keep your pet’s kennel and nearby areas free from leaves, grass clippings and uneaten food
- Aim to get rid of any matted fur in which insects can get trapped
- Try to keep your dog inside during peak fly season
If you see a bite…
- Gently clean the affected area with warm water and a mild soap
- Head to the vet if it doesn’t clean up on its own
In severe circumstances, dogs can develop an infection from the bite. The flies may lay their eggs in the open wound they’ve created, meaning the dog has to visit the vet to get the wound cleaned of maggots and dead skin.
source – Lisa Walden