How To Treat a Dog For Bee Stings

bulldog dressed as a bee

The agony of bee stings are just around the corner, and though we may know how to treat a bee sting in humans do you know how to treat a dog for bee stings? Just as we start to see flowers blooming and red robins bouncing around in the grass, it’s also that time of year when the moment we see a bee, some of us act like there is an anaconda in our presence. (I totally freak out. I’m also allergic!) Those trouble making yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps are getting ready to visit us soon.

Dogs can be more at risk for bee stings because of their love for the grass and curiosity in the garden. Unfortunately our pups are unaware of the fact that a bee is not their friends and in some cases, dogs will chase a bee rather than run from it. Dogs are also known to cure their curiosity when it comes to bee hives. YIKES! Here is how to treat a dog for bee stings. Be sure to share this article with your family and friends. This information that can be useful for every dog owner…

dogs and bee stings

Did you know that dogs can be just as allergic to a bee sting as humans? Dogs can experience bad reactions if they are stung by a bee. Though dogs may be immune to some of the illnesses that humans get, bee stings are not included! It is imperative that you know how to treat a dog for a bee sting. It is also crucial to know whether or not you should seek professional help if your pup is stung. Here are some tips on how to treat a dog for bee stings:

  1. Do NOT use tweezers to remove the stinger from your pet. This can release more venom. Use a credit card or knife to slide it out. If you are uncomfortable or nervous, call your vet. It is very important not to use your fingers or tweezers because if the stinger is broken, again, more venom may be released.
  2. If your dog was stung by a wasp, neutralize the poison by soaking the stinger with the vinegar. Saturate a cloth or strong paper towel with vinegar and apply it directly to the stinger for at least five to ten minutes.
  3. With any bee sting, make a paste out of baking soda and water. The paste will help the irritation.
  4. For swelling, apply an ice pack. Place it on the site of swelling for 30-second intervals (on/off). Comfort your dog until they seem at ease.
  5. Administer an antihistamine such as Benadryl. BE SURE to contact your veterinarian for dosage amount.
  6. If you notice a change in your dog’s behavior or breathing, take your dog to the vet immediately.
  7. If your dog has multiple bee stings it is best to take your dog to the vet. Although you may be able to neutralize wasp venom with vinegar, multiple bee stings can be dangerous.

If your dog has been stung in the past and you are well aware that he/she is allergic to bee stings, waste no time and go to the vet. You can also minimize the amount of bees by placing bee traps. Here is an example of the bee traps that my Mom and Dad place around their pool area. These bee traps REALLY work! You can also make your own homemade wasp traps, just click here to learn how. Enjoy the upcoming spring and summer months and keep those buzzers away!

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