Pet Tip Tuesday- Bug Bites and Bee Stings
Bug bites, bee stings and how to treat
Can dogs and cats be bitten and stung through their coats?
Yes, and since coats are much thinner in the summer they are more susceptible.
Face, ears and head are the most common places to be bitten or stung
What would I see if my pet were bitten/stung?
Irritation- scratching or licking, redness or cracking on ear tips
Spider bites can cause bruising, swelling and severe pain
If allergic- CAN have a severe reaction. Hives, swollen face difficulty breathing. Never know until bitten or stung if allergic or not.
What do I need to do at home?
If mild reaction, nothing
Brush off stinger if present (unusual)- DO NOT PULL
Ice packs to decrease swelling
Baking soda paste can help decrease irritation
Benedryl or hydrocortisone cream
With hives, can bathe in warm water to soothe and rinse off irritants
Benedryl- consult your vet for ideal dose for your pet, typically 1mg/lb
Severe reaction requires medical attention ASAP!
Are there ways to prevent bites and stings?
Remove sources of food and water that attract insects
Traps for bees/ wasps
Fly repellant ointment- Designed for pets, NOT DEET
Flea/tick/mosquito monthly prevention