Dogs and bee stings
What to do and what to watch for
As spring and summer approaches dogs spend more times outdoors in yards and parks. Unfortunately, dogs and people are not the only ones fond of the nice mild weather, relaxing green grasses and blooming flowers.
Bees, wasps and others stinger bugs start thriving in these seasons as well and become very active. Dogs are the most prone of pets to insect bites because of their inquisitive nature and because of the fact that they are most likely to run about.
If you notice your puppy or dog yelp all at a sudden and then rub the affected area on the ground very likely he/ she has been bitten by some nasty insect. At a closer look you may notice a swollen area, this area is where you want to keep a close eye on.
First aid for bee stings requires a few ingredients that can be easily be found at home. You will need:
A card such as a playing card or credit card
The credit card or playing card is used to scrape the skin where you suspect your dog has been bit. Scraping the skin carefully may help getting the stinger out if you believe it is still stuck in the skin. This prevents further poison from being released.
Next you may want to make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the affected area.
If the dog appears to be in pain an ice pack may help reduce pain and swelling. Never apply ice directly to the skin, rather wrap it in cloth first.
Plain Benadryl (make sure it is plain) is an antihistamine and may prevent allergic reactions. As with any medication however, Benadryl may cause side effects and is preferably given under the advice of a veterinarian especially if your dog has health conditions or is on other medications.
Most dogs do just fine after the first minutes of "stinging" sensation in the skin. However, some dogs may develop severe reactions to such an extent that they need immediate emergency care. Any time you notice any of these symptoms: excessive swelling, hives, trouble breathing, vomiting, lethargy, seizures, wheezing, fever, pale gums seek emergency attention at once. The dog may be experiencing an anaphylactic shock which can turn out life threatening pretty quickly.
If your dog just doesn't seem right after the sting the better safe than sorry approach turns out to be the most savy. 'When in doubt get on route" bring your dog to the closest vet and have him evaluated promptly.
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