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Curious puppies and dogs find the movement of insects fascinating. Dogs are inquisitive but sometimes it can be to their detriment. A bee can even be mistaken for a pesky fly. So what should you do if a bee stings your dog? Stings most commonly occur around the face and some symptoms include whimpering, swelling, pawing at the effected area, drooling or even collapse.

Veterinary care is recommended and it is advisable to telephone in advance to let them know you are coming. Whilst a simple sting can be left alone, a stinger (if present) will need to be removed. If a dog’s reaction is severe and the sting affects his mouth or throat, the swelling can potentially block his airway. In rare cases anaphylaxis can occur and it may also be delayed so you will still need to monitor your dog. It is for these reasons medical help is suggested as time is of the essence.

A cold pack can be helpful but only if your dog will tolerate one. Your vet will look at your dog’s physical response to determine how severely he is affected, then choose the mode of treatment. Just like people, dogs present varying reactions to bee or wasp stings. Often treatment involves medication. They may suggest keeping your dog with them at the clinic under observation to ensure breathing and vital signs remain stable.

Leah & Angela O’Meara

Hound Dog Day Care (Specialists in Dog Minding & Dog Boarding, Pet Sitting Brisbane & Doggy Day Care Brisbane)