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What to Do If Your Dog Is Stung by a Bee

dog smelling grass editedSpring is officially here, which may mean your canine companion is enjoying more time outside! Dogs are curious and playful by nature, which puts them at an increased risk for bee stings when exploring the outdoors.

Signs that your dog may have been stung by a bee include yelping, scratching or licking at the site of the sting, and redness. If your dog is stung, try to remove the stinger as quickly as possible. It’s important to do this with a flat surface like a credit card. Attempting to remove the stinger with your fingers or tweezers will likely expose your dog to more venom. For dogs that aren’t experiencing any alarming symptoms, a cold compress to reduce any inflammation and some rest is often sufficient.

However, some dogs do suffer from serious allergic reactions to bee stings. If your dog experiences severe swelling, hives, difficulty breathing, or vomiting, it’s important to seek immediate veterinary attention. Allergic reactions can become life threatening in a very short amount of time. Emergency veterinary care typically includes IV fluids and steroid injections.

To prevent stings, owners should keep pets away from flower beds and supervise their canine companions while outside. Always keep a veterinarian’s phone number within easy reach should an emergency situation occur.

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{ 6 comments… add one }
  • alice tisdale April 1, 2014, 12:05 pm

    how do you keep a 100 lb doberman from jumping up at every bee that goes by her. I know she bites them then it’s a race to see who can finish them off me or her.

  • Jordan Walker April 6, 2014, 7:41 pm

    I don’t let my dog to come close to my mum’s flower beds. This is to ensure that he will not be stung by a bee again. He was stung last summer and I was so worried that I brought him to his vet right away. Good thing it was not serious since the stinger was removed immediately. I don’t want to ruin my summer this time. I want to enjoy this summer with my beloved family and dog.

  • NHC April 8, 2014, 4:50 am

    Not sure I understand what you mean by removing the stinger with a flat surface like a credit card. Could you elaborate or better describe how to accomplish this?

    • VetDepot April 8, 2014, 11:27 am

      Hi Nancy. Swipe the edge of a credit card (or driver’s license, etc.) across the skin where the stinger is. The stinger will likely catch and come out as you swipe.

  • Ione April 8, 2014, 11:37 am

    is it advisable to give an animal an antihistamine and if so how much as you are on the way to a Vet….I live 60miles from the closest Vet clinic

    • VetDepot April 9, 2014, 8:34 am

      Hello. Some vets might recommend an antihistamine, but that’s something you would need to discuss with a veterinary professional.

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