This is a partnered post.
As we’re approaching summer, there may be exciting plans afoot. Everyone wants to enjoy the warm weather and appreciate all it has to offer, but it’s not just you who’s taking advantage of the climate going up a notch in temperature. This is the season where all of the little critters you’d usually like to avoid spring into action, making the most of their breeding season. Most of them are harmless, but with some bugs come the bites and the stings that you’d usually want to avoid altogether – and it’s not just you they’re coming for.
These little parasites are becoming more common in areas with long grass. They bite and dig into your skin, and can spread a bacterial infection called Lyme Disease amongst a whole host of other things. Dogs are susceptible to bites, even more so in the summer; the best flea and tick treatment for dogs should be purchased well ahead of them actually being bitten. That way you know you’ve got it there just in case. Make sure that you read up on the best ways to remove ticks before you attempt it; leaving any part of the tick inside the body can be more trouble than you had bargained for.
Don’t let the name fool you – it’s not just horses that these pests are attracted to. They don’t bite as such, but instead lacerate the skin in a jagged motion, which can be a lot more painful than other bites. Make sure that your dog is fully clean after you have taken them out for a walk and hasn’t got any mud which may attract flies of any kind. You are more likely to get bitten by a horsefly if you are out walking in the countryside where – you guessed it – horses and livestock are present, but it shouldn’t be ruled out if you’re not near them. Common sense prevails, and just make sure that you are checking for any lumps and bumps on your pet that could be as a result of getting bitten by one.
It can be so tempting for both children and adults to swat at wasps, but you are setting off their defence mechanism when you do – and that is solely to sting whatever is causing them distress. If your dog is close, they won’t just stop at stinging humans. A lot of dogs accidentally end up chewing wasps and getting stung in the mouth. You will need to take them to the vets after they have gotten stung anywhere, ensuring that they don’t go into anaphylactic shock (just as us humans can do).
Most spiders only bite out of genuine defence. The good thing is that most common garden spiders are completely harmless and release no venom – their bite may just itch a bit. Try and keep dogs away from spider hotspots such as dark corners outside, hedges and trees. The more likely that they are to bump into a spider nest, the more likely they are to get bitten.