We know we just talked with you about the hazards of bird seed, now we can go over what to do when your pet gets stung by a bee. Just like humans, pets can have a reaction to being stung by a bee. ALWAYS call your Veterinarian immediately if you are concerned at all.
- Reactions- They can have a mild, moderate and severe reaction.
- Mild- As most of us have experienced, there is some pain that comes with getting stung. You may noticed some tenderness and redness in the spot where your pet was stung.
- Moderate-After being stung, your pet may experience a swollen muzzle, hives and/or itchiness. Call your Veterinarian immediately if they experience any of these symptoms. This is classified as a more generalized reaction, but we always want to make sure that it won’t turn into anything more. There are ways we can help keep your pet comfortable.
- Severe-This type of reaction can happen in a highly allergic pet or after multiple stings. An anaphylactic reaction may occur and symptoms include breathing problems, collapsing, weakness, vomiting and possibly death. THIS IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY AND BE SURE TO CALL YOUR VETERINARIAN IMMEDIATELY.
- Protection for your pet
- avoid thick and grassy areas or places you know you have seen a nest.
- teaching the command “leave it” can come in handy in case they find a nest.
- if you know your pet has a history of severe reactions, talk with your Veterinarian to see what other precautions you can take.
If you think your pet has been stung by a bee, always play it safe and call your Veterinarian. It could be the difference between life and death.