Tips on Caring for Pet Insect Stings and Bites

insect stings and bites

Insect Stings and Bites:

  • Remove the stinger with tweezers. Or scrape out the stinger, moving parallel to the skin surface, to reduce the chance of pumping more venom into the dog’s skin.
  • Bathe the stung area with a solution of baking soda and water. Then apply PetsBestRxTM antiseptic gel. The gel denatures the toxins and the hurting & stinging will go away in about 5 minutes. It will reduce swelling and inflammation too.
  • Immediately apply ice packs to reduce swelling (lining the pack with cloth or a thin towel). Do this frequently for 5 minutes at a time.
  • One way to treat bee stings is to give the dog Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth. Typical dosages: for cats and dogs less than 30 pounds, give 10 mg dogs 30 to 50 pounds, give 25 mg dogs over 50 pounds, give 50 mg. Use only the plain Benadryl formula.
  • A swollen muzzle often indicates a bee sting.
  • Stings and bites can cause severe reactions. If there is major swelling or the animal seems disoriented, sick or has trouble moving or breathing, go to the vet immediately. Even if your pet seems fine, watch him carefully for 24 hours.
  • Dogs with short and thin fur are more prone to spider bites and scorpion stings. The venom can be very dangerous.

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