We all know what dogs are like, always running around and playing with anything that moves and even trying to catch it. It is the main problem of bee or wasp stings in dogs, which can be inside the mouth, on the tongue or throat.
When our dog suffers a bite from these insects capable of inserting a strong poison into his skin, two things can happen, that our dog simply suffers a small inflammation or that our dog suffers respiratory or allergic problems, with the serious danger that this entails for his lifetime.
Knowing how to differentiate the importance of a sting will make a big difference, having to go to the vet urgently or simply treating and cleaning the affected area to prevent the inflammation from going further.
We are going to explain what we should do if a wasp or bee stings our dog, how to distinguish a serious situation from a mild one and what possible dangers our dog can run.
Index of contents
- 1 A wasp or bee has stung my dog inside my mouth
- 2 My dog has been stung on the head, nose or body
- 3 Home remedies for wasp and bee stings in dogs
A wasp or bee has stung my dog inside my mouth
Oddly enough, wasp or bee stings inside dogs’ mouths are the most common of all. This has a very simple explanation, since they are flying insects the dogs try to hunt them down.
When the wasp or bee is threatened and inside the dog’s mouth, what it does to defend itself is simply sting. The bees sting only once, because with the sting they lose the stinger. But wasps can sting numerous times.
The main problem that our dog suffers a sting in his tongue, throat or another part of the inside of his mouth, is that the inflammation obstructs his routes and makes it difficult for him to breathe. That is, the danger that the dog suffocates to death due to inflammation of the wasp or bee is very high.
If this happens or if we suspect that it has happened because we appreciate inflammation in your mouth or throat, we must go to a veterinary center very urgently to be treated and medicated. Urbason, a powerful corticosteroid, is normally applied, but depending on the inflammation, condition and weight of the dog, other more or less powerful medications will be used in different doses.
The same must be done if a wasp stings our dog’s eye, who says wasp also says bee, the inflammation can cause serious damage, so a visit to the vet is also mandatory.
Never wait to see if it happens or you play to be a doctor, your dog will not get out of that situation if he is not attended by a veterinaryn urgently. There is no home remedy that can save your dog, seriously, go to a vet.
My dog has been stung on the head, nose or body
If a bee or wasp stings your dog on its head, either on the snout / muzzle or on the top of the head or ear, it is most likely highly inflamed. The same will happen if you suffer a sting in any other part of the body, the inflammation is assured.
What we must do is wash the area with soap and water, then rinse only with water so that the bite does not become infected, it is clean. We should not lose our nerves and simply assess the state of the dog.
Having an inflammation is the most normal thing in the world, after a wasp or bee sting. Something that will disappear with the days little by little, more or less quickly depending on the area where it has been bitten. A wasp sting on one leg is not the same as a wasp sting on the nose.
But if we appreciate that the dog begins to feel bad, dizzy, the inflammation far from stabilizing continues to grow, or we simply see our “rare” dog, we should go to the vet.
Some dogs are allergic to venom from wasps and bees, which can be fatal to their health if left unattended. Other dogs are very small in size and are not able to tolerate that amount of venom well, so even if they are not allergic, they should be treated equally.
Just stay calm and assess the condition of your dog, you can even take photos with your mobile to compare the inflammation after half an hour or an hour. Go comparing and act accordingly. If the bite is outside the mouth it is not generally a danger, but how do you see, some dogs will also need veterinary attention.
It is important to clarify that the sting of a wasp or bee is not the same as many wasp or bee stings, in the latter case veterinary care should be equally mandatory.
Home remedies for wasp and bee stings in dogs
We insist that there are no magic home remedies that can help your dog if it requires veterinary attention, due to the severity of the symptoms from the sting of a wasp or bee.
However, if your dog is not serious, there are some tips that you can put into practice to reduce the inflammation of the bite:
- Keep your dog out of the sun, inflammation in the shade is reduced earlier. In the sun, they get worse.
- Clean the sting area and remove the stinger if the sting is from a bee (wasps do not leave the stinger in the sting normally).
- By a cloth with cold water on the inflammation by sting.
- You can use ice wrapped in a cloth to cool down the inflamed area as well.
- Take photos of the bite and check your dog every hour to see its evolution and make sure it doesn’t get worse.