If you have ever gotten a painful bee sting in the summer, your dog probably has too and it hurts just as much for him as it does for you! Here are some things you can do to alleviate the pain of dog bee stings.
When sitting outside during “bug season” you will always see your pet “playing” with bugs by snapping at them. They may be trying to play with their prey before they kill it or just trying to get the bug away from them. We really have no way of knowing, but what we do know is that this way of playing can lead to stings in our pets' mouths, which can be very painful.
You'll be able to detect a sting immediately, because you'll see your dog pawing and scratching at his muzzle. If your dog is salivating a lot more than usual, it's probably due to a hornet or bee sting. Seeing your pet foaming at the mouth can be a really horrifying experience, especially when you're not sure why.
There are several options to help relieve the pain of dog bee stings:
If your dog is stung by a bee or wasp, one option to make your dog more comfortable is to mix baking soda and water. The combination of 1 tablespoon baking soda to 2 pints water should be applied every 10 minutes until pain is gone. If your dog should lick the sting area or swallow the baking soda mixture, do not worry, this solution is not harmful.
You can also directly apply Ammoniated quinine to the area.
Bee stings might not bother some dogs; however, if your dog has been stung and needs some relief, potassium bromide is a good antiepileptic medication.
See if you can locate the stinger, and if you can you might try to take it out with tweezers – that is, if your dog will sit still for that.
It's perfectly alright to bring your dog to the vet for a professional examination of the area. She might decide to administer a shot of anti-histamine to you dog to reduce some of the swelling and itching, and keep systematic disturbances at bay.
Dog bee stings are just part and parcel of the summer experience, unfortunately. Dogs can get lucky – snapping at bees buzzing by may not necessarily mean your dog will be stung. Once I owned a dog that chased bees every moment he was outside and he was never stung (to my knowledge). But it never hurts to know what to do for your dog, just in case of a painful sting.
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