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14: The difference dental care can make
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30: Raccoon Rabies reported in Hamilton, Ontario
08: Understanding Aging
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25: Our new, state of the art, Ultrasound machine
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09: Fun and Delicious Fundraising for the Farley Foundation
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23: Cancer Awareness Month: Texas' Story
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28: Exciting news for our hospital!
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11: Mosquito Prevention
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08: Heartworm cases
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24: Changing your pet's food
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01: Veterinary Technician Specialties in Dentistry!
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18: The Internet at its Best
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03: A New Way to Save Your Pet's Teeth!
June 2014
26: Veterinary Dentistry in San Diego!
March 2014
20: Happy Smiles
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22: The 15 Steps to Your Pet's Dental Cleaning!
15: January and February are Dental Months, and We Have a Contest to Celebrate!
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06: An Update on Dr. Hylands
December 2013
27: Dentistry in New Orleans!
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29: We've Brought 'Light' into our Clinic!
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21: Small Dogs Require Big Dental Care!
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November 2012
15: Farley Month a Huge Success!
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27: Possessive Aggression in our Dogs
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September 2012
20: Litter Boxes - Everyone's Favourite Task!
August 2012
14: Exercising Your Pets in the Summer - Heat Stroke
June 2012
28: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging - Ultrasound Case Study
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19: Non-Invasive Diagnostic Imaging - Ultrasonography
May 2012
23: A Logical Approach to Unwanted Barking
07: Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug Use in Companion Animals
April 2012
21: Wellness Examinations Help to Maintain Your Pets Health
10: OVC Pet Trust Animal Cancer Centre Needs Your Help!
01: Heartworm Disease in Ontario
March 2012
19: A Dedication to a Great Man and an Dedicated Veterinarian
February 2012
06: Why Anesthesia-Free Dental Care is Wrong, Cruel, and Medically Inappropriate
January 2012
16: The Why's and What's of Dental X-ray
09: Cats Are a Unique Species, with Unique Dental Disease
05: Six Easy Steps to Brushing your Pets Teeth!
02: Dental Awareness Months!
December 2011
21: Chocolate... Good for you?
November 2011
11: Farley Month was a Huge Success!

Mosquito Prevention

Posted: 2015-06-11

As we look forward with expectation to a wonderful summer so, unfortunately, do parasites and pests. Mosquitoes are annoying to our summer plans, whether they include relaxing on a northern vacation, barbecuing in the backyard or hiking near the Credit River. Although they seldom show it, dogs can be victims of these pests, too. Mosquito bites should be avoided because they can cause excessive itchiness and they can transmit heartworm disease to our pets. We’ve put together some good ideas for their prevention, so everyone can enjoy summer fun.

The best prevention for mosquito bites is to try and reduce the risk of exposure. Try to avoid the early morning and early evening hours when letting your dog go outside to do their “business”. This is when mosquitoes are most active, and pets are more likely to get bitten. If you know you will be in a highly mosquito populated area, a cover up might be an option. A light, wind-breaker type jacket can act as an extra barrier for your dog, without getting them too hot. Avoid hiking near swampy areas with stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. And we can help keep mosquitoes at bay in our backyards by setting up citronella rings and bug zappers- out of reach of curious pets, of course!

When you and your dog are outside enjoying the weather, there are a few products that can be used to repel mosquitoes. A word of warning however, human products containing DEET should never be used on your dog. N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide products are toxic to dogs.

The following have been used safely with dogs. Avon “Skin So Soft” is a bath oil that can be diluted and sprayed onto your dog prior to going outside to help deter mosquitos. Dilute 1-1/2 ounces of this product to 1 gallon of water. Or try, diluting freshly squeezed lemons in water and spraying onto the coat. Remember to avoid the eyes and any cuts when applying either of these solutions. To apply to the face, spray into your own hand and gently wipe around the ears, eyes, mouth and nose.

If your dog’s needs exceed home remedies like these, please speak with us for an alternative. Advantix is a product that is applied topically once a month and kills and repels mosquitoes, as well as several other warm-weather parasites like ticks and fleas. There are also flea sprays that will repel mosquitoes and reduces bites.

As nothing will prevent every mosquito bite, we always recommend using a heartworm preventative. This fatal disease is difficult to treat and is transmitted through a simple mosquito bite. Even dogs kept primarily indoors can also be exposed to mosquitoes and consequently need heartworm prevention.

Taking these few simple precautions against mosquito bites will help both you and your dog enjoy the summer together.



This blog entry was written by Westbridge Veterinary Hospital, an animal clinic (vet hospital) in Mississauga dedicated to providing high quality, modern veterinary care to our beloved pets and their families.

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