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How To Alleviate The Pain Of Dog Bee Stings

Jul 10, 2008
Dog bee stings happen fairly regularly in the summertime, but you must realize that as these stings can be as painful to your dog as they are to you when you get stung.

Anyone who's brought their dog outside in the summer sees that dogs just can't help snapping at insects that fly past his muzzle. We're not sure why dogs like to do this, but often the outcome is a painful sting in a sensitive part of the mouth or face!

If your dog gets stung, you'll probably realize it right away. He'll be whining and pawing at his mouth. He may even starting salivating a lot more than usual, which can be upsetting as it tends to froth and foam.

If your dog gets bit, here are some steps you can take to relieve them from the pain of dog bee stings:

Clean the sting site with a mixture of warm water and baking soda. One tablespoon of soda to two pints of water is a good formula to use, and don't worry if your dog swallows some - it's harmless. Repeat the cleansing procedure every 10 minutes until the sting seems to be less bothersome to your dog.

Applying ammoniated quinine right on the affected spot can help, too.

Bee stings generally don't upset any dog too much, but if your dog is seriously panicked or bothered you can give him a little potassium bromide to make him more tranquil.

If you can actually see where the stinger is, and the dog will let you, you could try to remove the stinger with tweezers.

It's perfectly alright to bring your dog to the vet for a professional examination of the area. She might decide to administer a shot of anti-histamine to you dog to reduce some of the swelling and itching, and keep systematic disturbances at bay.

Dog bee stings are just part and parcel of the summer experience, unfortunately. Dogs can get lucky - snapping at bees buzzing by may not necessarily mean your dog will be stung. Once I owned a dog that chased bees every moment he was outside and he was never stung (to my knowledge). But it never hurts to know what to do for your dog, just in case of a painful sting.
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