Has your dog developed a skin rash? Have you treated them for fleas and changed their diet to no avail? If so, you may have a termite problem in your home. Read on to learn more.
Dogs And Termites
While termites can bite you pets, their bites are usually no more bothersome than those of mosquitoes. However, veterinarians estimate that roughly 10 percent of dogs are prone to allergies, and among the many possible allergy triggers in your furry friend are termites. Dogs that are allergic to termites can develop a skin rash from being bitten by them, inhaling or ingesting their waste, or even just having contact with the critters.
Dogs that are affected by termite allergies will have rashes that are red and moist or scabbed, and they also may develop itchy, running eyes, sneezing, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
Treating The Problem
Termites spend most of their time in the dark, quiet places or hidden within holes they've burrowed in the wooden structures of your home, so spotting them isn't always easy. If you suspect your pup is suffering from allergies and you've ruled out flea and food triggers, it's time to call in a pest control specialist to inspect your property for termites. The pest control specialist (like those at Hilo Termite & Pest Control) will know what signs to look for and where to look for them and can determine quickly whether or not your home has been invaded by the wood-eating pests.
If it is determined that you do have a termite problem, your pest control specialist can recommend a number of safe, organic treatment options that will rid your home of termites while posing no risks to your canine companion.
Treating Your Dog
Once your home has been treated for termites, your dog's skin rash and other symptoms should begin to subside, but there are some things you can do to keep your pet comfortable while they heal from their allergy symptoms. Start by giving him or her a good bath with hypoallergenic shampoo to rid their body of any contaminants that might be lingering in their fur or on their skin. After their bath, you can administer them 1 mg of Benadryl per pound of body weight 2-3 times a day until their itching seems to ease up.
If your dog is chewing at their skin so much that that they're causing damage to their body, it may be a good idea to pick up a protective cone at a pet or farm supply store and have them wear it until they're feeling better. The cone is worn around the dog's neck and prevents them from being able to reach their body with their teeth.
If your dog has a skin rash and you can't figure out what's causing it, it may be the result of a termite allergy. Use the above information to help your pup by ridding your home of the allergy trigger and then taking steps to keep them comfortable until their irritation subsides.