Taking the Sting Out of the Summer Months

If your Westie is stung by a bee or wasp, the first thing one should do is remove the stinger if it is still present in the skin. Use a pair of tweezers or the edge of a credit card to gently scrape the stinger out, being careful not to squeeze it, as this can inject more venom into your dog’s skin.

Next, apply a cold compress or ice pack to the affected area to help reduce swelling and pain. You can also give your dog an over-the-counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) to help relieve symptoms. However, it is important to check with your veterinarian first to ensure it is safe and appropriate for your dog.

If your dog is showing signs of an allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, or collapse, seek immediate veterinary attention. Allergic reactions can be life-threatening and require prompt treatment.

In general, it is important to monitor your dog closely after a bee or wasp sting and seek veterinary attention if symptoms persist or worsen. Prevention is also key, so keep your dog away from areas where bees and wasps are active and consider using insect repellents specifically designed for dogs.

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