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What to Do If Your Dog’s Stung by a Bee or a Wasp
Bees and wasps are among the things that our dogs love to chase most. During the warmer months we often find them in hot pursuit of these fuzzy insects, but sometimes if they catch them, they can be met with a nasty sting! Find out what to do if your dog’s been stung by a wasp or a bee with our guide.

Dog stung by wasp or bee symptoms
If your dog’s been stung by a wasp or bee, there are certain symptoms they’ll likely demonstrate, including:

Whining and restlessness
Biting or scratching the site of the sting
Drooling
Pawing at their face or mouth
Swelling, heat and redness of the area
Hives
Holding up their paw/lameness
 

If your dog’s experiencing an allergic reaction to the bee or wasp sting, they may display these symptoms:

Difficulty breathing
Collapse
Weakness
Swelling around the mouth, throat, neck or head
If you notice any of the above symptoms, be sure to contact your vet immediately.

What to do if your dog’s been stung by a bee or wasp
If you’re concerned your dogs is having a severe allergic reaction, contact your vet immediately. However, single stings should be mild and self-limiting and often do not require treatment. There are certain things you can do to ease any discomfort.

Stay calm

If it is safe to do so, check the area to see if the sting is embedded and needs removing.

Scrape a sting off using a rigid flat surface, such as a credit card. Pinching the sting out can cause further release of venom.

Bathe the area in cool water and / or apply ice

For wasp stings (which are alkaline) you can apply a little vinegar

For bee stings (which are acidic) you can apply a little bicarbonate of soda.

If the irritation or swelling continues, contact your vet.

What treatment can my vet give for a bee or wasp sting?

Your vet may give fast-acting injections of antihistamines or steroids to quickly reduce swelling, pain and irritation. This is especially important if your dog is having difficulty breathing due to swelling in the throat. In this instance, your vet may also give your dog oxygen, cool your dog if it is hot and stressed, and can be on hand if emergency airway support is needed. Your vet can also give painkillers.

In very rare cases of life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) your vet may give adrenaline, fluid therapy and other supportive treatment.

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