In Central Oregon, just like in any other region, there are various bugs and pests that can bother pets. It is important to be aware of what insects can affect pets so you can prevent and/or treat the issue. Some common Central Oregon pests include:


Ticks are a concern in Central Oregon. They can latch onto pets and transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Use regular tick prevention (we can help you to find the best option) and avoid areas with long grass. Check your pet regularly to make sure they don’t have a tick latched. What to do if you find a tick on your pet


While not exclusive to Central Oregon, mosquitoes can be a bother to pets, and they can transmit heartworm disease. Consult with Alpine Veterinary Clinic about the appropriate heartworm preventive medication for your pet. Heartworm preventives are available in various forms, including chewable tablets, topical treatments, and injectables.


Certain fly species, like stable flies and black flies, can irritate pets and cause painful bites. one of the common flies Central Oregon that can bite and bother both humans and pets is the stable fly. Stable flies are similar in appearance to common houseflies but have a painful bite. They are often found near livestock and areas with decaying organic matter, so keep your pet away from these areas.

Bees and Wasps

Some very common Central Oregon pests are various bee and wasp species. Pets, especially those with curious natures, can get stung, leading to pain and potential allergic reactions. If your pet is stung, take the following steps:

  1. Remove the stinger
  2. Apply a cold compress
  3. Keep your pet calm
  4. Keep an eye out for allergic reaction


In most areas, the vast majority of spiders are harmless to pets. Common house spiders, for example, rarely bite, and their bites are usually harmless. However, it’s essential to be aware of potentially venomous spider species in your region. While most spiders in Central Oregon are harmless to pets, some, like the black widow or brown recluse, can pose a risk if they bite a pet. If your pet is bitten by a venomous spider, they may experience more pronounced symptoms, such as swelling, pain, muscle stiffness, restlessness, and possible ulceration around the bite. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you note any of these symptoms.


Though less common, some species of scorpions can be found in many outdoor areas in Central Oregon, and their stings can be painful and harmful to pets. If you know or suspect that your pet has been stung by a scorpion, remove them from the area to prevent further stings. Watch your pet closely for any signs of a reaction to the sting. Symptoms may vary depending on the species of scorpion and your pet’s sensitivity to the venom. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, redness, drooling, restlessness, and changes in breathing or heart rate. Always consult Alpine Veterinary Clinic immediately if you know of or suspect a scorpion sting.


These tiny flying insects can bite and irritate pets, causing discomfort and itching. Gnat bites on pets can cause mild to moderate irritation, redness, and itching at the bite site. Some pets may scratch or lick the affected areas excessively due to the discomfort.

Ear Mites

Ear mites are a common issue in pets, particularly in cats, and can cause ear itching and inflammation. These tiny mites, known as Otodectes cynotis, live in the ear canals of animals and feed on wax, oils, and debris. Ear mites can be irritating and uncomfortable for pets, causing symptoms such as ear scratching, head shaking, ear discharge, redness and inflammation, and in sever cases, hair loss.


Fleas are very uncommon in Central Oregon, so it’s unlikely that your pet will be affected. However, the possibility is still there. They can cause itching, skin irritation, and even transmit diseases if left untreated.

To keep your pets safe from these pests, make sure to keep their living areas clean, use appropriate flea and tick prevention measures, and consult with Alpine Veterinary Clinic if you notice any signs of bug-related issues in your pets. Additionally, be cautious during outdoor activities and avoid areas with high bug populations, especially during peak bug seasons.


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