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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Dogs and Bee Stings

Porky and Buddy

Dear Porky and Buddy,
Yesterday I was mowing my lawn and ran over a nest of ground hornet.  Needless to say, the hornets were not happy with me and boy did that hurt!   So I was thinking about my dog, Jumper, who hangs out in the yard all the time.  Are dogs vulnerable to bee stings?  What should I do if he is stung? That nest is gone, don’t ask how, but this is the time of year that bees are really active. What should I do if he is stung?

Tim

Dear Tim,
The problem with dogs (also the great thing about them) is that they are curious and they are always sticking their noses into things to check them out.

What that means when they encounter a bee is that the most likely place for them to be stung is in the mouth or nose or face.

Most of the time, an insect sting is just painful and irritating for a dog.

A simple sting can be safely left alone. It should be bothersome only for a little while.

If a stinger is still present, try to remove it by scraping it with a fingernail or a rigid piece of cardboard or a credit card.

Don’t use your fingers or tweezers to remove it by pulling on it as this may force more venom out of the stinger.

You can apply a weak mixture of water and baking soda to the affected area to help reduce the pain.

You can also wrap ice or an ice pack in a towel and apply it to the sting to reduce both swelling and pain.

But be careful.

Getting stung several times, or stung inside the mouth or throat, is dangerous and probably requires a trip to the vet.

The subsequent swelling can close Jumper’s throat and block his airway.

You don’t want that.

Watch Jumper closely after a sting to make sure that an allergic reaction doesn’t develop.

Signs of an allergic reaction include general weakness, difficulty breathing, or a large amount of swelling extending around the area of the sting.

If Jumper is having a severe reaction, you need to take him to your vet immediately.

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