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4 Tips To Treat Bug Bites On Dogs

Gloomy Days: Image by Claudio Matsuoka, FlickrGloomy Days: Image by Claudio Matsuoka, Flickr 

 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.

Bites On A Dog Treatment #1: Remove The Stinger

TN Bee: Image by TracyWoolery, FlickrTN Bee: Image by TracyWoolery, Flickr 

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.

Bites On A Dog Treatment #2: Ease Irritation

Aloe: Image by Eamonn, FlickrAloe: Image by Eamonn, Flickr 

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.

Bites On A Dog Treatment #3: Baking Soda

Loblaws No Name: Image by Michael Francis McCarthy, FlickrLoblaws No Name: Image by Michael Francis McCarthy, Flickr 

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.

Bites On A Dog Treatment #4: Salt Or Oatmeal Bath

Oats: Image by Aesop, FlickrOats: Image by Aesop, Flickr 

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!

Dog bug bite sources: BuzzlePet Assure

Also Read: Hiking With Dogs: What You Need

Nov 25, 2012
by Anonymous
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There are only 4 tips here!

There are only 4 tips here! You need to come up with something to keep the dog from scratching and biting the irritated area.

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