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What if an insect bites your dog?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-outsideMost insect bites are not really dangerous to your dog but they could be very irritating and painful. Pet medications containing Aloe Vera or oatmeal may be helpful in relieving some of the discomfort.

If your dog is stung by a bee, hornet or wasp, remove the stinger first. I know it may be tough to locate. Try using a magnifying glass if necessary and carefully pull the stinger out with a tweezers or your fingers.  After the stinger is out, bath the area with a mixture of baking soda and water. Then apply cold compresses to reduce the pain and swelling. Repeat this several times.

Some dogs will need immediate veterinary attention because they may be allergic to bites and stings.  If you see that your dog has trouble breathing, get him to a vet right away. Also, if you notice that he’s disoriented, call your vet. In an emergency situation where you cannot get your vet, give your dog Benadryl.  Ask your vet before hand what the proper dosage is.  Always keep a close eye on your dog’s symptoms after he’s stung or bitten.



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