It is springtime! Are you and your pet playing outside more often now? Dogs love to get outside and run around the yard and fields after a long cold winter.But there are other creatures that enjoy our yards in the springtime too. Wasps and bees are waking up and arriving in our yards to find new homes for the summer. Bees and dogs are not good friends at all!
For some reason, many dogs do not understand the problem with chasing bees. I have watched Layla, my part Labrador-part Spaniel dog, chase bees and wasps around our yard for two years now. I knew the sad day would come when she would succeed in catching one of those flying creatures. It happened two days ago and I hope she has learned that bees are not a good snack!
I did not hear a yelp pf pain when she caught one, but she ran around rubbing her wounded little face on the ground and carpet whimpering. Within thirty minutes one side of her lip was swollen and she looked so sad and miserable!
So what do you do for a dog who has eaten a bee? Here is what worked for Layla and what veterinarians recommend.
- Immediately give your dog a Benedryl capsule. The antihistamine will lessen the swelling and ease the discomfort quickly. This is also recommended for humans who have been stung, so you know it is safe. You may need to consult a veterinarian about the weight of your dog and amount of pill to give them.
- Make a paste of water and baking soda and cover the sting area with it if you can.
- Put a cold compress on the sting to lower the pain. You can do this by filling a plastic bag with ice and wrapping the bag in a dishcloth or thin towel.
Layla looked and felt fine the next day so I am glad that we knew what to do to help her through her bad experience. Have you ever been stung by a bee? Then you know how awful it feels. After you were stung you learned never to play near bees, right? We shall see if my Layla learned that lesson too!
Have a fun and safe springtime!
Susie & Layla
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.