Saturday, June 10, 2017
When your dog gets stung by a bee
Being stung on the nose, lip or inside of their mouth can cause swelling that makes it hard for them to breath or swallow. The problems are amplified if your dog has been stung by multiple insects. Wasps like Yellow Jackets lay down scent markers to identify "aggressive" animals. Any Yellow Jackets that are nearby will home in on, and attack, your pet if it was stung by a Yellow Jacket.
According to the Preventive Vet site
Dose your dog with Diphenhydramine (aka, Benadryl). They recommend that your dog receive between 1mg and 2mg per pound of body weight. Diphenhydramine typically comes in 25mg tablets or liquid formulations intended for children. The liquid formulations vary in the concentration of Diphenhydramine so you will need to do some math.
Our dogs come in two sizes: German Shepherd at about 80 pounds and Boston Terrier at 15 pounds. Consequently, the German Shepherds would receive between three tablets (75mg) and 6 tablets (150mg) in the event they tried to eat a bee. The Boston Terrier would receive between a half tablet (12.5mg) and one full tablet.
If the dog appears likely to encounter difficulty breathing, go to the vet. Be aware that getting the Diphenhydramine into your dog sooner gives it more time to work AND your dog may have difficulty swallowing as his face swells up more. So dose him before you take off for the vet.
If you choose to keep your dog at home
Stay calm. Our dogs are very empathetic. They will freak out if you freak out.
Ice packs can reduce swelling.
Some people swear by home remedies like Adolf's Meat Tenderizer, vinegar or baking soda. Make a paste and apply to the site of the sting.
H/T to Belladonna for this topic.