Bed Bugs and Dog Skin Reaction

by Jeanette
(North Platte nebraska USA)

Magnified Bed Bug Picture

Magnified Bed Bug Picture

Reader Question: Bed Bugs Dog Skin Reaction, Is It Possible?

I have a party Cocker spaniel and a pug we were at a friends house and a rash with bumps appeared on my Pug's face just above his mouth on both sides.

Later on we found out that they had bed bugs, and was wondering if dogs could have a reaction to them also.

Veterinarian Thoughts on Bed Bugs and Skin Reactions in Dogs


Bed bugs prefer to bite people but will feed on dogs when they feel the need. If your dog’s skin reaction is truly a result of being bitten by bed bugs, topical treatment with an ointment containing hydrocortisone or another corticosteroid will make your dog more comfortable if he is itchy.

The bumps should disappear within a few days (assuming the bedbugs haven’t moved into your house!). Dogs do not need to be treated to remove bed bugs; effective environmental control is all that is required.

If your dog’s skin does not clear up within a week or worsens at any time, make an appointment with your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.


Jennifer Coates, DVM

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