We all love being outside in summer. Soaking up the sun, playing outside with your pets… When all of a sudden your furry friend yelps in pain – a bee sting! Ouch!
Your poor dog or cat needs you to stay calm, not panic, and do all you can to help him recover from this painful accident.
Seeing as some dogs or cats could be allergic to bee stings, it's important to take the matter seriously and not waste time laughing or taking photos (rather take the funny pictures after treating him!). here's how to handle the situation and help your pet.
Removal of the stinger should be done using a credit card to scrape it out. Do not try to squeeze the stinger out with your fingers or use tweezers because the venom sac may rupture, further exposing the pet to more venom.
Swelling, trouble breathing, hives and pale gums are the most common symptoms. It happens instantly. But it can be more serious if your pup or kitty is allergic, with vomiting and extreme swelling.
Then it's important to monitor the swelling on your pet and to get a treatment at the vet's office. The most common antihistamine vets give for dogs or cats with bee stings is Benadryl, which is available over the counter. However, be careful of human medicine. Dr Erika Loftin from the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital told The Dodo:
It's very important to consult a doctor before giving your pets any kind of medicine, especially medicine intended for humans.
Once he's taken the medication, try to reduce the swelling by running a cloth under cold water and wrapping it around your pet's stung area.
It's a smart idea to get your pet tested for allergies before the summer comes, so that you know how serious the situation is as soon as it happens.
Watch out for other symptoms, as Dr Loftin explained:
If your dog yelps and starts to lick or paw at a certain area, watch for swelling to see if it could be a bee sting.
Most of the time it will result in a few tears followed by a cute photo and some laughs. But don't take it too lightly before you've checked with a vet – you could save your best friend's life!
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