By Katy Cable-TWR
A 2 min. Read
For years I've been hearing how major populations of bees are being lost.. Our planet is at great risk with bees dying off at such an alarming rate. As scary a thought as that is, I will tell you I've seen no shortage of bees. As a matter of fact they're everywhere I look. I'm deathly allergic to bees and just the sight of one puts me in a sheer panic! I'm that crazy lady running around ballistically screaming and making a huge scene at the very sight of one. It seems that only draws them to attack me and I've been stung on numerous occasions. I'm allergic to bees and my reaction gets worse with each subsequent sting. So much so that I've been warned a sting in my face or neck could be deadly and I now carry an Epipen to be safe. But what about our dogs?
Brachy (flat-nosed) dogs have a difficult time breathing as it is and a sting or any type of swelling to the face can be life-threatening. Now that the temperatures are warming up, the flowers are blooming and we're getting outside more, here are some important safety tips to both prevent and treat a bee-sting.
As the saying goes, "An ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure!" The first defense against bee stings is to try and avoid them in the first place. Don't leave your dog outside alone if your yard has plants that attract bees. If possible avoid going near certain flowers, herbs, shrubs and grasses that attract bees. Walk earlier in the AM before it gets too warm and walk later in the evening when bees aren't out in droves. Pet stores now carry lightweight clothing, caps, sunglasses and booties that might be a good option for outdoor hiking. Replace your yard with plants that do not attract bees. If you go on walks, pick routes that are safer. Double check where your dog is going potty and lead them to safe places. Ditto for curious sniffing. Stay clear of brushy bushes and trails. Carry a bee emergency kit with you when hiking or going out with your dog.
🐝🐝TAKING THE STING OUT OF BEE STINGS🐝🐝
1. If an isolated bee pops out of nowhere and stings your dog, check and see if the stinger and venom sac are still attached. If so:
SLIDE A CREDIT CARD ALONG THE SITE TO GENTLY REMOVE THE STINGER WITHOUT pushing more venom into your dog's bloodstream.
2. IF YOUR DOG IS STUNG ON THE FACE AND/OR YOU SEE THE SIGHT IS SWELLING UP, ADMINISTER BENEDRYL & PREDNISONE IMMEDIATELY!
3. FOR PAIN RELIEF: MAKE A PASTE IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND BY MIXING BAKING SODA WITH A SPLASH OF WATER. DAB IT ON SITE. You can re-apply this paste every 2-3 hours as necessary.
4. APPLY ICE AND GET TO A VET IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID FURTHER COMPLICATIONS.
Nothing can spoil a good time in the great outdoors like a nasty bee sting, so these tips will allow you to "BEE" 🐝 safe! Pugs & Kisses!
BEE STING KIT:
🐝Prednisone Pill (5mg pill for 10-25lb dogs)
🐝Benedryl Pill (1/2 25mg pill for 15-25lb dogs)
🐝small pill pockets for administering pills
🐝Baking Soda (put a few tbs in a plastic bag
🐝small doggie bandana
🐝small ice pack
🐝small bottle of water
🐝credit card or hotel key-for removing stinger
🐝1 small baby aspirin (for pain)