A wasp or bee sting with your dog
In the spring, I have to be careful with Tobi if we sit in the garden. Tobi likes to bite to bumblebees and bees. Flies are also often the bobbin, but he can do that from me and certainly inside the house. But when he recently caught a bumblebee that stuck him in his mouth, he was healed for a while. Swelling his beak on two sides. That was a bit of a shock, because a stab in his throat and we would have a serious problem.
How dangerous is a bee or wasp sting for a dog ?
Stitches on the body can be painful, but are usually not dangerous. If the sting is still there, you can remove it with tweezers and dab the spot with vinegar. Against the pain and swelling you can then use ice cubes in a cloth or an icepack. Make sure it was a wasp or a bee. Wasps can sting several times.
Swelling in the throat
An insect bite in the mouth (tongue) or throat can be dangerous if the swelling impedes breathing. Even then the sting must be removed, not an easy job. If your dog gets trouble with breathing, take him to the vet immediately. It can administer an antihistamine (suppressed allergic reactions) to prevent the risk of suffocation. Also go directly to the vet if your dog has an allergic reaction to the stitch, such as a lump on the body or a swelling at the insertion site, but also vomiting, diarrhea, breathlessness, restlessness or apathy.
Ventilation with your dog
In case of extreme need, you can artificially ventilate your dog yourself until there is expert help. This can be done in two ways :
– Breast breathing
Place the dog on a firm surface. Place two hands next to each other on the chest (behind the shoulder blades) and press firmly for 3 seconds. Release quickly so that air is sucked in. Wait 2 seconds and repeat this, a total of twelve times per minute. When you press the chest, take into account the size of the dog and the strength of the ribs. Breast ventilation can only be used if the dog does not have a chest wound or broken ribs and there is no swollen mucous membrane in the front airways. If so, you can use the mouth-to-nose breath method.
– mouth-to-nose breathing
For some people, it may be an unpleasant idea to use this form of artificial respiration in an animal, but it can save your dog! Close the mouth of the dog and pull the upper lips tightly over the bottom lips so that no air can escape. Place your lips over the dog’s nostrils and vigorously blow in air for 3 seconds. Check whether the chest rises. Remove your lips and allow the air to flow for 2 seconds. Repeat this twelve times per minute. It may be that you have to hold on for 20 minutes until expert help is available, the dog starts to breathe again or has clearly died.
4 tips if your dog is stung by a bee or a wasp
1. In the wasp season, take care of wasp catchers in the garden, in a place where your dog can not reach.
2. Provide a supply of ice cubes in the freezer.
3. Pay attention to young dogs or experienced ‘happers’. Especially at times when you eat outside.
4. On the internet there are a lot of stuff and remedies that your dog (and sometimes the boss) would protect against insects. Pay attention to what means you try, let yourself be advised by a veterinarian. Not everything that is suitable for people is good for dogs. But which ones are suitable ?
– Mosquito net, for example, you can hang it over the bench.
– Mosquito lamp
– Hor, a piece of mesh that you can place in front of a window or doorway.
– Citronella or other anti-insect spray, such as lotion or spray especially for dogs.
– Alternative means: For example, you can rub diluted lemon oil mixed with eucalyptus oil through the coat. If you want to use an essential oil: never use it undiluted! This can lead to serious skin damage and even poisoning.