If you’ve purchased a brand new dog bed and want to make sure it stays in tip top condition then you may have wondered if your dog bed can get bed bugs and if so can your dog spread them to your bed or can your dog get them from your bed and spread it to their own dog bed. Phew! Anyway, here at Jug Dog we are going to help shed some light on bed bugs in your pooches life.
What are bed bugs?
“Bedbugs are small blood-sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices in and around beds. They crawl out at night and bite exposed skin to feed on blood” says the NHS website. Their scientific name is Cimex lectularius. Bed bugs typically are found in human beds and want to feed on human blood. Bed bug infestation and bites are mostly harmless if dealt with quickly but they are notoriously difficult to get rid of and if their bites go untreated can lead to infections.
Do bed bugs affect dogs?
Yes and no. Dogs (and most pets like cats etc) are not bed bugs natural targets and they’re not engineered to climb around fur and hair and the canine’s blood just isn’t their top choice. It would be unlikely that your dog has a bed bug problem but not your own bed(s). If you’ve got bed bugs then maybe they could, too.
If your dog does have bed bug issues, though, their symptoms would be similar to a human beings:
- itchy red marks on the skin
- may cause a rash or fluid-filled blisters
How to get rid of dog bed bugs
The easiest thing to and the first thing you should do is to get rid of the existing dog bed and buy a new one. Step two is to clean your dog using anti-flea shampoo. Step three is the clean your dog’s general living space.
Generally speaking, getting rid of dog bed bugs follows the same rules as getting rid of normal bed bugs. We’ve found a guide here for you.