|Mosquitoes can carry disease and are very annoying.|
During different months of the year, especially the wet months, there are a lot of flying, biting, and generally annoying insects around that can bother you and your cockapoo. We all know about fleas, and that they come out more in the spring and summer, when it is warmer. We spend lots of our effort, time, and money trying to prevent our dogs from getting fleas, but there are not as many remedies for the prevention of mosquito, black fly, and other flying insect bites. When one considers all the diseases and irritation flying insects bring, this may seem a bit of a surprise.
Cockapoos have sensitive skin, and are prone to allergies, as well. If your cockapoo is one of the many that have an allergic reaction to bites, you will by now have become very worried about what you should do to stop your pup from being bitten by insects, and how to help them when you just couldn't avoid it happening. In this article we're going to answer some of those concerns and questions.
First and foremost, if you notice skin rash and/or inflammation on your cockapoo, you will want to take your pooch to the vet as soon as you can. There she can be tested for allergies and treated if need be. Your pet's veterinarian can give you an idea of the best things to use for your particular dog when they have an allergic reaction to insect bites. However, if you already know what insects your pup is allergic to, there are a few things you can do to soothe them.
Benadryl or the generic equivalent, called diphenhydramine, is a human medication that is safe for dogs in the right dosages. It is used for allergies and can ease the itchiness and swelling associated with an allergic reaction. Dogs can have up to 1 milligram per pound. Our cockapoo, for instance, weighs a little under 30 lbs and would typically get around 25 mg, or one standard pill. This dosage technique is considered safe for a small dog, but we must warn you that you should always consult a veterinarian before giving any new medication for the first time, no matter how safe you may think it is!