Bed bugs can bite pets, although they do not live or linger on animals like fleas and ticks do, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Bed bugs that have just finished feeding on a person or pet usually resemble a torpedo shape and show a reddish color.
Bed bugs suck blood from people and pets, states the American Veterinary Medical Association. While these pests do not fly, they move quickly and hide well, particularly near sleeping areas.
Homeowners can seek help from a professional pest management firm to eliminate bed bugs, notes the American Veterinary Medical Association. Those who suspect that their pets are affected by bed bugs should wash their pets’ bedding using the hottest water recommended for the fabric and throw away bedding with holes.