Bedbugs are small insects that live in a bed or other warm place. They tend to feed every few days, but bedbugs can also go months without eating. If your dog is having unusual behaviors, it is possible that your dog may have bedbugs. These insects are often red in color, and are torpedo-shaped.
Bedbugs prefer to feed at night. However, they will also attack during the day if they are not able to find a nighttime meal. After feeding, bedbugs will search for warmth and CO2 sources. Because they have no body parts, bedbugs will often bypass a sleeping dog.
If you think your dog may have bedbugs, inspect your pet’s bedding and remove it as soon as possible. It’s important to wash all bedding, including beds and mattresses, to remove the bugs. If you can’t get rid of them by yourself, call an exterminator. Exterminators will advise you on how to prevent further infestations and give you tips for protecting your dog.
While bedbugs do not live on humans, they can live on furniture and crevices in a building. Dogs may hitchhike with them but they won’t live in their fur. The most common hiding spots for these insects are suitcases and used furniture. Used furniture has fewer human traffic and provides a perfect hiding place.