What to Do When Your Pet Gets an Insect Bite

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What to Do When Your Pet Gets an Insect Bite

Warm months means your dog is spending more time outdoors, increasing their chance for getting an insect bite. Insect bites can be anything from irritating to your dog to resulting in a serious health problem. It’s important to know the symptoms of insect bites, how to remedy them if they do occur, and when an insect bite warrants a trip to the vet.

Symptoms of Insect Bites

You should always be on the lookout for any strange behavior coming from your dog. If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, it could be a sign that they are suffering from an insect bite.

  • Whining
  • Swelling
  • Drooling and excessive leaking
  • Redness
  • Limping
  • Shock
  • Coma
  • Itchiness
  • Breathing difficulties up to choking danger


Insect bites can mean a mosquito, a flea, a tick, or even a bee. Wasps and bees pose a particular threat when they sting dogs. If you see any signs of swelling, pain, or difficulty breathing, your dog could be suffering from a potentially life-threatening bee or wasp sting. If you suspect your pet has been stung by a bee or wasp, try these at home remedies to ease their symptoms.


The first thing you want to do if you suspect a bee or wasp sting is to remove the sting from your pet’s skin. Don’t use tweezers, because this can cause some of the sting to be left inside your pet. Instead try using a credit card or butter knife to squeeze the sting out from the bottom. After the sting has been removed, these remedies can be helpful in reducing pain and swelling.

  • Cool Water—Use water to cool the puncture site and thereby reduce the pain. To avoid frostbite, wrap ice cubes or cold packs in a towel. Otherwise, you can also spray your dog with water, the main thing is to cool him down.
  • Onion— A tried and tested home remedy that can produce wonders. Simply cut an onion in half and hold the surface on the affected area.
  • Apple vinegar cider—Dab the puncture wound with a cotton pad of vinegar.
  • Baking powder—Mix some baking powder with water and drizzle the mixture on the wound.
  • Medicinal herbs—Basil, parsley and marigold are among the best remedies if your dog suffers from an insect bite. Chop up one of these herbs so small that it creates a kind of paste. Now wrap this herb paste on the insect bite to reduce the pain.


When to Take Your Pet to the Vet

If your pet continues to experience symptoms 15 minutes after you’ve tried the above remedies or they’re getting worse, it’s a good idea to call your vet. There’s a good chance your dog could be allergic to the insect bite and if left untreated, it could lead to serious complications like their throat closing or going into shock. Call your vet immediately if symptoms do not improve.

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