To BEE or Not to BEE?

Hey Everyone, it’s me, Nikita!  With summer on its way and all the creepy crawly flying things that are outside, I thought that I would bring you some helpful information for your pets to keep them safe.  Dogs are more likely than humans to get stung by a bee because we like to play with anything that moves.  We are just as likely to be allergic to bee stings and have a horrible reaction.  So, to keep us safe this summer, make sure you print out these tips to keep your four-legged buddy safe! 

How to Treat a Dog for Bee Stings:
1.  Remove the stinger immediately in case your dog is allergic to the poison and goes into anaphylactic shock.  Using a credit card or anything nice and flat, scrape out the part of the stinger you can see or pull the whole stinger out with tweezers, but only if you can reach it!  Breaking it will allow more poison into your dog’s blood stream.  If you can’t reach it, leave it alone unless your dog needs veterinary attention.  Then let your vet get it out. 

2.  Assess your dog’s physical condition.  If they are having problems breathing, acts weak, disoriented, or is vomiting or having diarrhea, see your vet immediately!  If your dog seems ok, continue to keep an eye on them for at least 24 hours. 

3.  Clean the area of the sting with a baking soda and water paste.  This will also help if the area starts to swell or gets itchy. 

4.  Give your dog a dose of an over the counter antihistamine to counteract minor reactions, but only after you’ve gotten approval and dosage information from your vet. 

5. Use a cold pack on the area for a few minutes several times a day to help with any lingering pain your dog may be experiencing.  The cold should also help with any low grade fever your dog may be carrying. 

KEEP THIS HANDY:  Your vet’s phone number!  You can also make a small emergency kit for your dog with a vile of water, baking soda, tweezers and a cold pack just in case you are away from home & need to treat your dog immediately for a bee sting. 

P.S. – How did you like the photo my Mommy got of the bee in flight?  Pretty neat, eh? 

Bee Safe – Love Nikita

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