known to stick their noses just about anywhere—and we mean this in the literal
sense. And while we love their curiosity and enthusiasm, accidents can happen
sometimes. Our furry friends certainly aren’t immune to insect bites and
allergies. Notice your dog acting a bit strange after a few minutes spend
outdoors? He might have been bitten by an ant.
colonies are located just about anywhere there’s a food supply. Ant bites on
dogs are quite common. The effects can mostly be mild, but some ant bites can
also be dangerous and painful. If your dog has allergic reactions or a medical
condition, the ant bites can cause complications. Here are signs to know for
sure if your dog has been bitten by ants. We also offer first aid information
and other things you can do about it.
Signs of Ant Bites in Dogs
Do ants bite dogs? They most certainly do, although experts say that ants would only normally bite if they have been threatened. Some ant breeds like fire ants would be a little more aggressive. What do ant bites look like on a dog? If your dog has been bitten by an ant, you’re likely to notice some or all of the following signs:
• Bite wounds or hives
This would be very tiny in size and you’ll notice the surrounding area will appear red or swollen. Dog’s fur protects them from ant bites but they’re vulnerable to ant bites in certain areas like the paw pads or the belly. You may also see ant bites on your dog’s face.
• Swelling and itchiness
You’ll notice your dog flicking, scratching, or shaking a paw or leg if he has been bitten by ants. He might also lick or chew on the problematic areas.
might whimper or cry in pain and irritation if he has been bitten by an ant.
but some dogs may have severe allergic reactions to insect bites, in which
case, you’ll notice symptoms such as:
• Vomiting and diarrhea
• Difficulty breathing
• Cardiovascular arrest
How to Treat Ant Bites on Dogs: First Aid
pretty sure that your dog has been bitten by an ant, you can try any of the
following first-aid treatments:
• Cold compress
cold compress to the ant bites for up to ten minutes. It should relieve the
itch and help reduce any swelling. You can apply this method if there are ant
bites on the dog’s belly or other exposed parts of his body.
• Cold bath
dog has been bitten on the footpads, you can soak his paws in a cold water bath
for five to ten minutes.
• Dog cone
infections by making your dog wear a dog cone to prevent him from licking his paws or scratching the ant bites in other
parts of his body.
apply an ointment like hydrocortisone cream to relieve itchiness and pain.
• Baking soda salve
baking soda with water to create a topical paste for pain and itchiness relief.
• Oatmeal bath
bath would also be effective for cleansing, in case some other ant bites are
• Aloe vera gel
have some aloe vera gel available, it can bring instant relief for ant bites on
• Apple cider vinegar
have apple cider vinegar at home, this would also work as an effective pain
reliever. Mix apple cider vinegar in equal parts with water and apply to the
ant bites about three times a day.
is an antihistamine that is generally safe for dogs. You can administer it if
your dog shows an allergic reaction to the ant bites. Ask your vet before you
give your dog any medications.
• Ice cubes
dog has been bitten by ants inside the mouth, you can help him by giving him
ice cubes or ice water.
Ant Bites on Dogs: Treatment
dog has been bitten by ants, watch out for any allergic reactions. If he shows more of the severe signs
like difficulty breathing or disorientation, he may have been bitten by a
dangerous type of ant. Excessive inflammation or the formation of hives might
also be a cause for concern. Take him to the vet immediately with medications.
Monitor your dog closely in the first 24 hours after being bitten to see if any
extreme symptoms show up.
How to Prevent Ant Bites on Dogs?
dog might learn to be a little more careful about ants after he has been
bitten, there are things you can do to keep your furry friend protected.
your dog away from areas where there might be ant colonies. Soil, bushes, and
tree barks are common ant dwellings.
• You have
the option to use ant repellents to protect your dog from ants and other
harmful insects. Citronella and lemon may be among the smells that dogs hate the most but they are effective insect repellents.
food tightly sealed. You know how fast ants come when you have accidentally
left some food exposed. Use air-tight containers and keep your home ant-free.
of leftovers properly and clean up any crumbs thoroughly.
your yard for the existence of ant mounds or colonies.
Ant bites on dogs are generally harmless and can
be treated with first aid care and relief. There are plenty of household items
you can apply topically to the bitten areas to soothe itchiness, irritation,
and pain. Benadryl is also a safe first aid prescription. However, you have to
watch out for any anaphylactic effects if your dog is prone to allergic
reactions or may have suffered from a particularly potent ant bite. Observe for
any extreme symptoms especially within the first 24 hours. If there’s any sign
of vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, fever, or respiratory distress, consult a