What do I do if my dog is stung by a bee?
At our Animal Hospital in Newcastle we often recieve phone calls from panic stricken owners who have arrived home to a dog with a massively swollen face greeting them at the front gate.
While there are many possible causes for facial swellings in dogs, the most common is an insect bite, generally from a bee.
If this happens to your pet, the first thing to do is phone your pet's vet clinic immediately to infom them of the situation and determine if it is an emergency or not. The vast majority of these cases make a full and rapid recovery with prompt veterinary treatment.
The first thing your vet may inform you to is to check their demeanour - are they bright and alert, is their gum colour nice and pink, are they wobbly?
Most dogs simply develop local swelling at the site of the sting. Some dogs, ofter Boxer and Boxer cross breeds, may develop a degree of anaphylaxis and have a drop in heart rate, blood pressure and my develop acute respiratory distress.
Some dogs may recover of their own accord over 6 hours or so but then develop lumps over their body the following day.
The best course of action is to contact your local vet in Newcastle immediately to have them examined and treated as soon as possible. Your pet hospital staff may choose to use an antihistamine injection or a rapid acting cortisone injection to stop and reverse the reaction to the insect bite.
Ivy, pictured below, may look odd in this photo but should be able to resume her modelling engagements tomorrow, following prompt treatment at lunchtime today.