When an insect flies near your dog, its hunter instinct calls it to chase after it. But, what can be very funny with a fly can turn into something much more serious if it is a bee or a wasp as these are stinging insects. Bee and wasp stings can be very painful and scary to your dog. With just a single bee sting, your dog may experience a lot of pain, swelling, redness, or inflammation.
When it comes to bee and wasp stings on dogs, they are typically stung on their paws or around their face region. In most cases, the dog will only develop minor pain, irritation, or some slight swelling. Most stings can be managed with minimal treatment at home, however, there are instances where your dog may develop a more serious allergic reaction that requires emergency veterinary medicine.
The presence of bees and wasps is ubiquitous during the summer months. It is common to come across them during a walk in the countryside, eating on the terrace, and sometimes they may become confused and enter your house unknowing. Although people know the dangers that a bee or wasp sting can bring, our dogs see an insect flying near them, and their instinct pushes them to try to hunt it.
At first glance, they may look the same, but wasps and bees are two very different insects both in their life cycle and in their behavior. Bees are responsible for collecting pollen from flowers and sting only if they are in danger to defend themselves. Wasps are predators and, therefore, more aggressive. They are carnivores, so they are attracted to food when we eat outside, especially meat. When stinging, bees lose their stinger and die. For this reason, they only bite when they are in danger of death.
On the other hand, this does not happen with wasps that can sting for no reason. The venom of both is potentially dangerous, especially if one is allergic or receives many stings simultaneously. In the event of a wasp or bee sting, the seriousness of the situation will be determined by the specific place where your dog has been bitten.
Avoiding A Dangerous Sting
As the saying goes, prevention is always better than the cure. If you witness the moment your dog begins to want to hunt the insect, you can prevent the bite from occurring and save yourself and the dog many problems.
The first thing you can do is remove, whenever possible, the elements that attract wasps and bees. For example, if you are eating outside, you should cover the food with film or glass or plastic bowls. What attracts wasps the most are proteins and sugars. In the same way, it is better not to leave your dog’s feeder outside and to be aware when he is eating since the smell of dog food attracts wasps a lot.
On the contrary, a smell that makes these insects quite uncomfortable is that of incense. Burning some incense sticks while you are eating in the garden or preparing meat on the barbecue can help keep them away. This will help you and your furry friend avoid unwanted injury and uncomfortable situations.
You can also act on your dog’s behavior, drawing his attention to another point when you see that he is going to try to go after the insect. For example, distracting the dog with some activity or game would allow him to fix his mind on something else.
The best thing, in any case, is to get the dog to ignore the presence of the insect. Positive canine education techniques can be of great help, rewarding your dog when he moves away from what you have asked him instead of punishing him if he approaches.
Wasp or bee sting on The Dog’s coat
If the insect stings your dog on the coat and he does not have an allergy, he may suffer a slight inflammation of the area that will lead him to scratch the area to relieve the itching sensation. The first thing to do is to remove the stinger very carefully. Then you will clean the area with soap and water so that it does not become infected.
You must remain calm and convey this message to your dog. It is important to observe the sting sight for a few hours after your dog was stung to ensure that it does not become worse or infected. If your dog is not allergic to the bee or wasp sting, it will likely only suffer slight inflammation at the sting sight; you do not need to worry if this is the only symptom.
Even so, vigilance is important because allergies can manifest themselves at any time in life and create a severe reaction when nothing had happened in a previous sting. In case of an allergic reaction, things can get worse very quickly and lead to anaphylactic shock that may lead to the dog’s death. If your dog begins showing any negative signs, go to the vet as soon as possible, as time is very important.
Even if the dog does not have an allergic reaction, it is important to go to the vet to assess his condition and take action if the situation evolves negatively. For example, if the inflammation caused by the bite occurs in an area where the air passes (the mouth, throat, nose), the swelling could close the airways, and the dog could choke. If a wasp or bee stings these areas, go to the vet as soon as possible. This may cause your dog to have an anaphylactic reaction and experience severe swelling. In addition, if your dog has difficulty breathing, you should go to the veterinary clinic as soon as possible!
Observe the dog’s behavior in the hours afterward
Although the dog appears well, it is essential to observe his behavior several hours after the bite. If you see that he suddenly begins to feel unwell, is dizzy, or if the inflammation does not stabilize and is increasing, you must urgently go to the vet to prevent the death of the furry friend. You should take special care with tiny dogs whose metabolism cannot process the amount of venom that the wasp or bee has injected into them. Because in an emergency, every minute counts, you may be interested in knowing how to perform first aid techniques on your dog.