Dallas Dog Trainer & Pet First Aid and CPR
Beth Bowers
"The Pet Education Expert"
beth@powertothepawz.com

(214) 476-9938

The Bee’s side of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!” movie – Dog & Cat First Aid for Insect Bites or Stings

Who played the role of the bee in “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids!” movie, for those that remember it?

It really isn’t fair… we never heard the bee’s side of the story! Now calm down, I’m not a PETA bee enthusiast, but let’s face it, our pets sometimes need to mind their own besswax… :o) Pun Absolutely Intended! They are curious little creatures and love to stick their noses where they sometimes don’t belong!  No, I’m not referring to the “awkward” conveniently placed anatomy sniffs at large dog’s nose levels…  I’m referring to the outside… in nature! In crevices, bushes, colonies or holes… the homes of a insect nests (wasps, bees, hornets, spiders, or ant hill) that probably isn’t that thrilled about being “invaded” by a giant nose surrounded by fur!

We all know that all insects can bite or sting, and will, if they feel they are being threatened or invaded. A curious nose of our small pets is a BIG threat to a tiny bee or wasp… and we all know that they play “catch me if you can!” with our naive little children threatening to either cause a minor wound or wreak havoc on our pet’s entire livelihood depending on how sensitive our pets are to their venom! If you don’t physically see the sting or bite happen, it might not be immediately clear as to why your pet may be suffering!

How Serious is an Insect Bite or Sting with my Dog or Cat?

Just like with humans, regardless of your pet’s size, anaphylactic shock, or a severe allergic reaction, can be fatal to your pet if you aren’t prepared to act quickly! Sometimes even acting quickly isn’t enough so it always best to try and prevent insect bites or stings from happening in the first place.

1.) Maintain proper pest control in all areas around your property including personally inspecting all perimeters and trees/bushes for nests and colonies several times each week, maybe more or less depending on the season. Be very cautious when using pest control companies to make sure they use products that are safe around your pets.

**Bees are essential to our environment and it’s important to educate yourself about the benefits bees have in our world. If you do have any colonies or hives forming, we always like to promote having a service come and remove bee colonies safely so that our bees are protected in THE environment and our animals are protected in OUR environment! We want them to live out their little beneficial bee lives… just somewhere safely away from us and our pets! Research humane bee removal services in your area!

Cat and Dog first aid for insect bites

 

Credit to “Poor Chihuahua Owner In Internet Land” for this fantastic picture!!! We hope he got to feeling better quick!

2.) When hiking or walking with your dog, don’t use a retractable leash! There a hundred reasons why I don’t recommend using a retractable leash, (look for another blog on that soon!,) but this (along with snakebites) is one of them! You cannot control your dog 16 feet away from you nor can you tell what they are putting their nose in! If they have proper leash manners within 6 feet of you, you can easily see and divert their attention away from any dangers, while they still enjoy a great walk WITH you!

3.) Keeping your pets indoors significantly (and statistically!) reduces their chances of coming in contact with wildlife dangers like insects! There are MANY other benefits to keeping your pets indoors which will be highlighted in an upcoming blog, so be sure to follow us on the bottom right hand corner of this page!

Oooooooo… Ouch! That Stings! – Signs That Your Dog or Cat Might Be Bitten or Stung

This is hard with pets because a lot of times fur can hide or mask an injury so be sure you check thoroughly!

Pain
Redness
Localized Swelling
Pet may incessantly paw, lick, scratch or bite at the site

Luckily, bites and stings are USUALLY not life threatening, but like humans that find out they are allergic to peanuts or shellfish the hard way, you don’t always know how sensitive they are, until it happens! Always keep over the counter antihistamines on hand on at home in your pet first aid kit and with you at all times when out with your dog on walks or hikes! Contact your veterinarian for specific safe antihistamines and correct dosing guidelines for your pets! Beware that a lot of children’s medications contain Xylitol (a sweetener commonly found also in sugar-free gum) which is very dangerous to pets!

PET TECH TIP!

Cat and Dog first aid for insect bites

If a stinger is still visible in an animal’s skin, do not grab the stinger and pull it out! Use the edge of a credit card (or something like that) to unwedge the stinger and guide it out. If you grab or accidentally squeeze the stinger, any venom left in the stinger will be incidentally injected into your pet. Want to find out more? We have more information onSpider Bites, Snakebites, and some great tips on safe antihistamines and a trick to dosing your pet quickly in our PetSaver: Pet CPR, First Aid & Care For Your Pets Seminar!

It doesn’t stop there! We also cover Canine & Feline CPR, Rescue Breathing, Restraint & Muzzling for Safety, Poisoning, Choking, Heat & Cold Injuries, Burns, Dental Care, Caring for your Senior Pet-izen™, Bleeding & Shock Management, Snout-To-Tail™ Assessment, Seizures, Assessing Your Pet’s Vitals, and Pet First Aid Kit Tips!

Find our most up to date schedule and details on our website at www.DallasPetFirstAid.com or visit www.PetTech.net to find an instructor near you!