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Bug bites can be painful and irritating for dogs, and treating bug bites can sometimes be difficult. Here are four ways to treat bug bites on dogs.
If your dog happens to get stung instead of bitten, it's important to remove the stinger. To do this, use a magnifying glass and remove the stinger with a pair of tweezers. Be sure not to do it with your fingers, as you run the risk of pushing it farther into the wound.
There are a number of remedies to ease irritation and swelling to calm the dog down. Aloe Vera is a good natural solution, and can be used by cutting off a section of the plant and rubbing it onto the affected area. Milk of magnesia, calamine lotion, hydro-cortisone cream, and cooked oatmeal are also fantastic solutions. Meat tenderizer has also been known to ease some of the irritation caused by bites, and lessen the effect of poison present.
Baking soda has more than one use in regards to bug bites and stings. For a sting, be sure to bathe the stung area with a solution of baking soda after you remove the stinger to disinfect and ease irritation. For bites that get swollen, a pastier, thicker solution of baking soda and water can be apply to the affected area several times per day.
A salt or oatmeal bath can help ease some of the irritation. For a salt bath, it's possible to mix about a teaspoon of Epsom salt with a couple cups of water and bathe the affected area with it. For an oatmeal bath, wash the dog with an oatmeal shampoo or add oatmeal to the water by placing the oats in a sock, tying it to the tap, and allowing the water to run through it.
Are there are any other bug bit solutions you've used in the past? Feel free to tell us in the comments!
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