All of us have had a mosquito bite in our lives at some point, probably several at one time! These tiny insects will make a feast out of any mammal with a blood supply, so it shouldn’t be surprising that if you hate mosquitos, your pets hate them, too– they just can’t voice their disdain quite as well! If you spend time outdoors with your pets, your veterinarian will want you to stay safe from mosquitos this summer. Not only do mosquitos transmit diseases to humans such as Malaria or West Nile Virus, but they also transmit diseases that are animal specific, like heartworm disease and Equine Infectious Anemia, among others. In the case of these diseases, the best option is prevention, so let’s discuss how to get rid of those pesky little insects!
One of the most important things you can do to prevent mosquitos from invading your property is to get rid of all standing water. Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water, and they can multiply quickly. To prevent this, get rid of their breeding grounds. This includes standing water in large quantities (like a flooded area of your yard, a kiddie pool that is left out, or stagnant ponds) and water in tiny quantities (like water in your gutters, planters, or water dishes). By being strict about standing water, you can help keep mosquitos away.
Another thing to do is to use bug spray that is formulated for your pets. Bug spray made for humans is made almost exclusively with DEET, which can be toxic to animals. You can also keep your pet indoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are at their most active.
If you have questions about keeping your pet safe from mosquitos, contact one of our veterinarians at Mooresville Animal Hospital for tips!