Beware the Biting, Stinging Insects of Summer
With most stings, you probably won’t know anything has occurred until you notice your pet has a swollen face or is limping. Facial swelling, eyelid swelling and hives are common after a pet is stung. In the case of a bee, if you can locate the stinger, use a credit card or fingernail to gently scrape it out. However, sometimes the stinger cannot be located. Use a cool compress to help reduce swelling and pain, but don’t use an ice pack because that can cause frost bite. Monitor your pet for a few hours to make sure signs are not worsening and talk to your veterinarian to see if there are any additional home remedies you can use. If your pet has a severe reaction — like difficulty breathing, trembling, diarrhea, pale gums, weakness or even unconsciousness — see your veterinarian immediately. Also see your veterinarian immediately if your pet is stung multiple times.
To help keep your pet safe from stings, put low fenced borders around flowering plants. Also, take notice of — and avoid — any insect nest sites.