Birds are chirping, flowers are starting to wake up and bee’s will begin their nesting. Bee prepared. Patrol your property for wasps and bee nests. Bee stings can be very dangerous to our furry friends. If your dog or cat does get stung there are a few things you can do.
- Check the area you suspect was stung and scrape the stinger off. “A credit card is good for this” “Do not use tweezers. Pulling the stinger out with tweezers can could actually squeeze more venom into your pet.”
- Use a cold pack to help soothe the swelling and reduce inflammation or apply a baking-soda poultice, which is made by adding enough water to the baking soda to create a paste.
- Monitor the dog continually for swelling, as severe swelling in the head / neck area can be dangerous. You may see small, localized swelling at the sting site with redness and pain.Symptoms may remain for several days, but if they worsen, take your dog to the vet.
- If your veterinarian agrees, its usually okay to administer Benadryl as a precaution. The normal dosage for dogs is 1mg per pound of dog body weight every eight hours. But be sure to talk to your vet first.
Source: The whole dog journal volume 18 No. 4, pg 5
Be ready for Ticks as well. Get your protection now before the season truly kicks in. Lyme’s disease is no joke.