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What are Bee Sting Allergies?

There are over 3,000 species of bees in the United States, so determining what kind of bee stung your dog may be important. However, if you do not see a dead body of a bee nearby, do not spend time looking for it. Unfortunately, some bees can send out an SOS to their other bee friends, so you need to take your dog and yourself to a safe place right away. After you are in a safe place, do your best to find the stinger and remove it because the stinger has venom on it. A bee sting allergy is much more serious than other types, like with food or inhaled allergens because it is more commonly associated with anaphylactic shock, which is a life-threatening emergency.

If your dog gets stung by a bee while you are around, you will likely hear a yelp of pain and your dog may go and hide somewhere. Since there are many kinds of bees and your dog cannot talk, you may want to get a look at the insect and call your veterinarian for advice on what to do. While bee stings are usually not dangerous on their own, if your dog is allergic to bees, it can be deadly. The signs will show up right away if your dog is allergic. Some of these signs are severe itching, swelling of the sting area, redness, hives, diarrhea, and even vomiting. If your dog has any signs of anaphylactic shock, you need to go to the animal hospital right away. Some of the signs of anaphylactic shock include breathing trouble, wheezing, blue tint to skin and mucous membranes, and collapse. You do not want to wait around trying to get an appointment if your dog cannot breathe. Whether your dog shows symptoms or not, you should take your dog to a veterinary professional as soon as you can just in case.

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Symptoms of Bee Sting Allergies in Dogs

The symptoms of bee stings in dogs are usually mild unless they are allergic. If so, then your dog’s condition will move quickly from minor to emergency and medical help is needed immediately. These symptoms are reported in dogs with bee stings as well as with allergy to bee stings, but with an allergy the symptoms progress rapidly.

  • Circulatory collapse
  • Cold limbs
  • Collapse
  • Convulsions
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Drooling
  • Excessive licking
  • Excitement
  • Facial swelling
  • Hives
  • Incoordination
  • Itching in areas like groin, ears, and muzzle
  • Mental confusion
  • Nausea
  • Pale gums
  • Paw biting
  • Restlessness
  • Runny nose
  • Salivation
  • Shock
  • Skin rash
  • Sudden defecation or urination
  • Vomiting
  • Watery eyes
  • Weakness

 Types

There are close to 3,500 bee species in North America and it is hard to tell the difference unless you are a professional. However, there are two main types of bees and wasps:

  • Solitary bees live on their own and do not associate with other bees. They do not usually sting anyone.
  • Social Bees are the most common and they include honey bees and bumble bees. They are the kind that build a nest together and will defend themselves, their colony, and their nests.

Causes of Bee Sting Allergies in Dogs

The cause of bee stings is because dogs are naturally curious and playful. They like to chase and eat bugs, and when they catch a bee in their mouth they usually get stung. Some other causes are:

  • Stepping on a bee or wasp
  • Walking into a digger wasp nest (which is on the ground)
  • Owner “swatting away” a bee
  • Wasps that are aggressive (yellow jackets) will go after food or trash cans, and if your dog is in that area, they will attack

Diagnosis of Bee Sting Allergies in Dogs

If your dog is having an allergic reaction, the veterinarian will not perform an examination or do laboratory tests until your pet is stable. The first course of action will be to administer injectable epinephrine, corticosteroids, and antihistamines. An intravenous line will be started for fluids, and oxygen will be provided but if your dog cannot breathe on his own, the veterinarian will insert a breathing tube.

Once your dog is stable, a physical examination will be done to check your dog’s general condition. The veterinarian will check skin condition, reflexes, condition of the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth, temperature, blood pressure, body weight, breath sounds, pulse, and respiration rate.  Some laboratory tests that will be performed are urinalysis, fecal examination, glucose levels, and a complete blood count. The veterinarian will also want to do a chemistry profile to check the levels of liver enzymes, proteins (kidneys), albumin (liver), amylase (pancreas), and other substances that help determine the health of your dog’s internal organs. If any of these tests show an abnormality, the veterinarian will need x-rays, CT scan, MRI, or an ultrasound to get a closer look at the problem. An electrograph (ECG) or echocardiogram (echo) will be used to monitor your dog’s heart rate and muscle function.

Treatment of Bee Sting Allergies in Dogs

The veterinarian will take a look at the injection site and make sure that you were able to remove the stinger and to check for more than one injection. Along with the epinephrine, antihistamines, and steroid shot, the veterinarian will continue the IV fluids and oxygen therapy for about 24 to 48 hours. The length of treatment depends on your dog’s symptoms, test results, and reaction to treatment. While in the hospital, the staff will continue to monitor your dog’s heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and vital organ activity. The team will provide supportive measures if necessary, such as additional steroids, antihistamines, and administer antibiotics if the veterinarian thinks it may be necessary in order to prevent infection.

Recovery of Bee Sting Allergies in Dogs

Recovery is excellent if you were able to get treatment for your dog right away. Now that you know your dog is allergic to bee stings you will have to take extra precautions when outside. To reduce the chances of bee stings in the future, be sure to keep your lawn cut short and never let your dog stay outside without you in the event he is stung again. Your veterinarian will probably advise you to keep liquid antihistamine or an epinephrine pen (epi-pen) for your dog in case of another episode. Call your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns as you learn about owning a pet with an allergy to bee stings.

Bee Sting Allergies Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Meika
Yellow Lab
6
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen face, vomiting, fluid in neck

75lb yellow lab was stung by a bee. Her face is swollen. It also seems like she has fluid in skin that hangs from her neck. She has vomited once. No breathing problem and is eating/drinking fine. Should we head to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Unfortunately because dogs like to investigate everything, they mostly get stung on their face. Firstly make sure that the stinger is removed from the skin if still present; secondly, if there is no effect on the breathing it would be best to give Meika Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb to help with the reaction. If there is persistent vomiting and Meika has pale gums it would be best to visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Titan
Mix. Rat terrier and minpin
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling of muzzle and eye lids
Swelling of muzzle and eye lids,
tenderness
Droziness

My dog Titan was stun by presumably more than one bee( I could only locate one stinger and removed it). I immediately gave him benadryl once I noticed swelling of the muzzle and eye lids. He isn't exhibiting any other signs of extreme allergic reaction, such as pale gums, vomiting, diarrhea, or difficulty breathing. He is tired due to the benadryl though. My question is should I be concerned since its been 6 hours and he still has mild swelling and tenderness in the location of the sting. He is willing to eat and willing to walk around. Also, should I be concerned that he may be highly allergic and purchase an epi pen of some sort for a possible second occurrence?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Titan has improved for the most part with the Benadryl, you should be fine to continue to monitor him for improvement in the area immediately around where he was stung. Some dogs are more allergic to bees than others, and some do need steroids in addition to anti-histamines. If he is not continuing to improve, it would be best to see a veterinarian to see if he needs further therapy.

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Sadie
Labradoodle
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No symptoms yet

I woke up to my dog playing around with something on the floor, which turned out to be a wasp. She picked it up with her mouth, made a funny face and then dropped it.

I’m not sure if she was stung or not. This was about two hours ago and she hasn’t shown any signs of symptoms, and when I look in her mouth it doesn’t appear to be swollen.

Should I give her Benadryl just to be on the safe side? I’m just not sure how I should proceed.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Sadie is not showing any signs of mouth pain, pawing or bothering with her mouth, or swelling of her face, you may be fine continuing to monitor her for any signs. If she does show any signs of the above, she should be seen by a veterinarian, but i suspect if 2 hours have passed and she is not having any problems, that she was probably not stung. I hope that she is okay!

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Nova
Blue Heeler
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching, running around hiding

What is normal behavior for a puppy that got stung in the bum? She is running around, hiding, and itching at her bum. This is her first sting. I don't see the stinger still in her bum.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems like a typical reaction to a bee sting, especially since Nova will not be aware of why she is feeling the stinging sensation; keep an eye on her for the time being and you can try to give plain Benadryl at 1mg/lb (if not taking any other medications) to see if that makes any improvement to the itching. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Puggle
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen neck

Sophie has had some swelling on her face, we brought her to the VET and they said that she's fine and she just got stung by a bee, two weeks later, it's swollen still and it's hard to touch, feels like a little ball on her left cheek, is this something to be worried about? It feels like there might be some liquid but it's hard to tell.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sophie, I cannot tell you what the lump is; generally after two weeks we would expect any swelling or lump to have disappeared. If it isn’t causing Sophie any distress, you could keep an eye on it; but ideally you should visit your Veterinarian to see if there is a secondary infection or other process going on there. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mateo
schnauzer
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling, constant licking
Drooling, constant licking, tired,
Drooling, constant licking, tired

Is my dog ok? Should i rush to the vet? He got stung by a bee near his paw on his left front leg while on a walk, i rushed him home and he was crying and limping, we took out the stinger and gave him a treat. He still seems to be in pain. I’m scared he is going to die. What do i do?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Mateo is not having breathing problems or a swollen face, he is likely going to be okay. If he continues to bother with that foot, you may need to have him seen by a veterinarian to get treatment for that.

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Buster Balboa
Boxer
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hives
Itchy Paws

My boxer was stung and allergic to bees! I’ve been giving him Benadryl as I have Before but he has welps all over him once the meds wear off! I deal With this every summer when bees come out! Should I take Him to get checked even though he’s showing no signs of discomfort as long as I keep Giving him meds? Also is it normal to last three or four days at a time before the welps go away completely??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The reaction that bees can cause can last a few days before completely resolving. If Buster is doing well while on the Benadryl, you can continue to give that as long as he needs it. If the hives continue more than a couple of days, are worsening, or his face is swelling or he has any trouble breathing, he should be seen by your veterinarian.

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Jojo
Mix
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

White gums
Collapse
Lethargy
Vomiting
Cold

Anaphylaxis in Our Dog- Jojo woke us up at 2am vomiting in bed. She then collapsed upon being placed on the floor and could not get up. She was wheezing, couldn’t lift her head and had her tongue hanging out and was lifeless. When we got her to the emergency vet right away, she couldn’t control her bowels and started pooping on the exam table. The doctor put her on corticosteroids and IV fluids right away and luckily she made a full recovery and got to come home the next day. The doctor thought most likely she was stung by a wasp or bee, but she didn’t show symptoms for 4 hours (went out at 10pm- started symptoms at 2am.) There was no swelling and they couldn’t find any stings/bites on her body exam. What else could cause anaphylaxis in the middle of the night or is it possible that stings wouldn’t show symptoms right away? We are so worried to do anything with her in fear of the unknown cause...

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Jordy
Miniature Schnauzer
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Bee sting

I have a 10 pound dog who was stung by at least 6 bees if not more yesterday, I took the dog to the vet 15 to 20 minutes after the incident. Today the dog as had diarrhea and there is blood in his stool. This has been going on all day should I be worried or take the dog back to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The presence of blood in the faeces (hematochezia for fresh blood; melena for digested black blood) may occur due to a severe allergic reaction and some medication reactions. I would monitor Jordy’s faeces for other defecation and if the blood is still present or you notice any other new symptoms in the meantime visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Macchiato
Labradoodle
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen ear tips
Swollen muzz
Puffy eyes
Itchiness
Bee sting
Watery eyes

After I return from work I noticed that my puppy had a very puffy swollen face especially around the eyes and lips. She was itching and pawing her face. She was outside and she might have been stung by a bee. I could not find any stingers.

I rushed to vet emergency, there they gave her some steroid shots and told us that she probably stung by a bee. They also did a special blood test to make sure not to have venom in blood or something like that. The vet said it’s dermal reaction only. And told us to give her Benadryl three times a day for three days.

At first it her face was returning back to normal. But 24 Hours later when she woke up her face was puffy again, so we gave Benadryl and she would get better and her face would get fluffy again. She does sleep on her face. She has been very sleepy due to the meds I am assuming.

She eats and drinks fine. She even goes to it and runs with her sister dog. No vomiting no nothing but her face is still swollen and her ears also. She had has water eyes. One side of her face is extra swollen. Her ears seem to be swollen too . She try’s to itch but we stop her...it’s been three days now, since she got stung.

We are going to see our vet in two days.

Please can you give us some information of what is happening to her. It’s so heartbreaking to see her like that. You would think she would get better.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Swelling can take some time to go down and the skin may need a bit more time to go down with an increase in swelling between doses of Benadryl; normally we see improvement within a day or two but sometimes it may take longer. Keep an eye on Macchiato and follow up with your Veterinarian, however if there is a severe increase in swelling or breathing is affected visit your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jake
American Eskimo and Shetland
2 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea, vomit, collapsed, blood

I found my dog on the floor of the bathroom with poop on the walls, vomit on the floor and blood coming out of his rectum. The vet thinks he was stung. If he was stung it was from the day before. That was the only time he played outside off the leash. The vet has given him plasma transfusions. He is improving and started trying to walk, but my question is what happens next? He's stayed with the vet overnight. Could he be coming home? Could there be a chance he still won't make it? I'm waiting for the phone call, but I thought I'd try to find answers here.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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That can be a very serious condition, regardless of the cause. If Jake is improving and starting to walk, that is a positive sign for his recovery. He may need to stay in the hospital until he recovers to the point of not vomiting, eating, and no more bloody stools, but if those things are under control he should continue to recover.

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Sadie
Golden Retriever
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sluggish
Vomiting
Diarrhea, lethargy
Hives

Medication Used

Benadryl 25
Prednisone

Three days ago My dog we think was stung by a bee or bitten by an insect and her snout completely swelled. We brought her to the vet and they administered IV steroids and antihistamines. We are now giving her prednisone two times a day and Benadryl at night. This morning she vomited and has some diarrhea and is still very sluggish. Also she still hives on her ears and belly. Should we go to emergency vet if the hives are still there? I am so worried

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Sadie is otherwise OK and is having no problems breathing, there may be no cause for alarm; if you are noticing a worsening in severity of her symptoms it may be best to visit a Veterinarian to reevaluate her. If you are seeing slow steady improvement, I would keep an eye on her but if you would like to visit a Veterinarian for a quick check over (I obviously cannot examine her and tell you all is good) to ease your mind it may be best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoey
Jack Russell
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting, swelling (now resolved)

I noticed last evening, after a long walk, that my Jack Russell had swelling around her snout and she started vomiting (twice last night). Red, swollen areas were appearing on her snout and the top of her head, so I assume she was stung, perhaps by bees/wasps. I gave her 1/2 Benadryl last night. She vomited again twice this morning (mostly yellowish water), but the swelling has completely subsided. Do you think she still needs to see the vet or would she be considered on-the-mend since the swelling has gone down? She is drinking a lot of water, but has not eaten since yesterday morning.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Zoey seems to be improving, you may be okay to continue to monitor her. If her swollen face comes back, or if she continues to vomit or isn't eating over that next 24 hours, she should probably be seen by her veterinarian.

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Princess
Chihuahua
6 Months
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepy

We believe our dog Princess has got stung by a wasp yesterday. My wife and I was on our front porch with the dog. We noticed she was playing with a wasp. She didn't cry or whin just was limping some on her right paw. Through out the day, Princess just wants to lay around and sleep. We didn't see any stinger in the paw either. What should we do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be useful to give Princess Benadryl (if she isn’t on any other medication) to help with the reaction, dosing is generally 1mg/lb every eight to twelve hours; bathing the suspected sting site with baking soda and water may also help. However, since she is very lethargic it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sadie
mutt
11 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bee sting

My dog was stung at least once but probably several to many times. I only see one swollen bump on her paw. At first she was panting, limping, and obviously uncomfortable and in pain. I gave her 50mg of benadryl (55lb dog) and after about an hour of moving around and appearing uncomfortable, she slept the rest of the day and, aside from lethargy and mild limping, seems ok now.

Is there any risk of liver damage or other complication that would be worth bringing her to see my vet? Also, should I continue to give her benadryl every 8 hours even if there is no obvious excessive swelling?

Thank you for your time.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Sadie has only symptoms of swelling and no adverse reactions to the bee sting(s) like anaphylaxis, I wouldn’t be concerned about liver problems; although if she is stung again, it may be more severe. Continue with the Benadryl for another day or so at the same dosage and check her body to make sure there are no stingers in the skin, remove these by scraping with your fingernail or with the edge of a piece of cardboard. If you have any concerns, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Durga
King Charles Spaniel
2 yrs
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 12 lb Cavalier got stung by at least 3 yellow jackets. A few minutes later she threw up twice the was very lethargic. I picked her up and she went limp in my arms for the one and a half mile hike out. I would call her name and she didn't respond. As we were approaching the car I called her name and she lifted her head. She slept in the car as we were going to the emergency vet. They gave her SQ fluids, and injections of Benadryl and steroids. My question is what can I take on hikes as a first treatment if Shen gets stung again?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important that you speak with your Veterinarian about the type of reaction that Durga had; usually yellow jacket stings will produce vomiting, diarrhoea and hives but in some dogs respiratory distress (which can lead a dog to pass out) or other reactions (like anaphylaxis) may occur. Due to the different reactions and mechanisms, it is important to find out which was Durga’s specific cause; also prevention is best, so it may be worth trying a repellent against yellow jackets / wasps / bees or other insects. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.merckvetmanual.com/toxicology/venomous-arthropods/hymenoptera

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Miika
Golden Retreiver
3
Critical condition
1 found helpful
Critical condition

My golden retriever was stung (by a nesting insect) and collapsed but acted fine 10 minutes later. She was subsequently stung again (same dog park) and had a more severe reaction (rigidity, vomiting, facial swelling). I rushed her to the ER vet where she was diagnosed with anaphylactic shock. It took one month for her liver function test to return to normal. I requested a medication to be able to take with me while outside with her and one vet recommended Dexamethasone. Another vet said an epi pen. Your thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The severity of the reaction to bee stings will only increase with each sting so it is important to be proactive; most cases do not require an epi-pen but in other cases an epi-pen can be the difference between life and death, speak with your Veterinarian about an epi-pen and daily dosing with Benadryl (1mg/lb three times per day) during the bee and wasp season. There are desensitisation treatments which are available where a dog is desensitised to bee venom over time. There is also a good website below which has useful preventative tips for dog owners. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.preventivevet.com/dogs/bee-and-wasp-stings-be-prepared

What are the desensitization that someone can do I have a 6 month old toy schnauzer that is severely allergic to bee stings

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Daisy
Bull Arab pointer
9 months old
Fair condition
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Fair condition

We noticed my 9 month old bull Arab pup was swollen around one side of her mouth about an hour ago. I've assumed it's a bee sting as it wasn't there when I got home 4 hrs ago. She didn't seem worried about it and happily played and ate dinner. I'm worried that she will develop symptoms of an allergic reaction. I can't find a stinger to remove. She seems happy enough and has gone to sleep.
Are more symptoms yet to arise? How long does it usually take for symptoms to set in?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Bee stings (as well as stings and bites from other insects, animals etc…) affected dogs differently, some dogs may have just a swelling and others may require emergency care. Try to check inside her mouth in case a bee got in there as it happens; as for treatment, you can try giving Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb every eight hours. If other symptoms develop like breathing difficulties, more swelling, vomiting or diarrhoea visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roscoe
Collie
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Whining,
Whining, licking, loss of energy
Whining, licking

My 3 year old 85lbs collie Sheppard mix just swallowed a dead wasp and now has a stinger in his mouth, what should i do? How long will it take for allergic symptoms to appear? What can I do to prevent extreme symptoms.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Roscoe shows swelling of his face or body, has any problems breathing, or is vomiting or having diarrhea, he needs to be seen immediately at your nearest 24 hour care facility. If he is doing none of those things, you can monitor him closely for the next 12 hours.

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Basil
Fiest
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bee sting
swollen tongue
Swelling

My dog Basil was stung by something yesterday morning. She came to us with mildly swollen lips. Couldn't find any stingers, gave her the recommended dose of benedryl right away which controlled her symptoms. Gave her a second dose of benedryl that evening. This morning all of the swelling was gone, around lunch time she had some minor swelling that went away on its own. Then around 8:30pm this evening her tongue suddenly became very swollen and she had difficultly swollowing. Gave her one dose of benedryl, after 45 minutes, she had became more swollen, so I gave her a second dose. It's now been 3 hours and her tongue is still swollen, she's relaxed and sleeping with no breathing problems so far. Should I stay up the whole night with her, go ahead and take her to the ER, or take her to our vet in the morning for steroids? The double dose of benedryl has only helped a tiny bit with the swelling.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I would probably take Basil to the ER for steroid treatment, as swelling of her tongue is concerning. You can stay up with her and watch her, but for both of your sake, it might be easier to take her to be seen.

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Willow
Lab terrior mix
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

melancholy
Depression

My poor fur baby was in the back yard and came darting in whining and running in circles panicked, I realized she had two yellow jackets on her back side and quickly got a shoe brushed them off and squashed them with vengeance. After further combing i realized her nose had been stung as well from another yellow jacket. I only found two stingers I removed immediately. She hasnt really been showing severe signs of a reaction but her demeanor changed after that, almost like she's depressed. She definitely didnt want to go into the backyard for the rest of the day either. Is her acting depressed a major side effect? Should she go to the vet? I'm a worry wart and want to make sure she's ok.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Willow is breathing okay, isn't having a swollen face or dramatic itching of her face or back end, she may be okay to monitor, and she might just be sore. If she starts itching, gets hives, or has a puffy face or problems breathing, then she should be seen by a veterinarian.

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Robbie
Chihuahua/Terrier
1 1/2 yr
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

all is good in Robbie's world

My dog was stung by a bee near his foot, i gave him benadryl and washed area with baking soda and water (googled...). it's now been almost 48hrs, swelling has gone down, but i can still feel a tiny bump at where the bee stung, and the skin around that area appears slightly red, should i still take my dog to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
Continue to keep an eye on Robbie for the time being and it may take a day or two longer for the swelling to go down, as long as you are seeing daily improvement and Robbie isn’t showing any other symptoms keep an eye on it; if it is still there by the weekend pop into your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pug
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Vomiting
Swelling

I suspect my dog was stung by a bee on the inside of her mouth as a half eaten bee was found in my back garden and her muzzle looked a little swollen. She vomited twice after and drooled for a little while. However it has been around 6 hours since the incident and she has since eaten food, drank, played and seems back to her usual self. I tried to check for a stinger in her mouth but she wouldn’t let me. She’s a pug and her breathing is usually a little congested when she sleeps so I have been unable to tell if her breathing is affected. Should I take her to the vet tomorrow just in case? I have given her a Piriton tablet (pre-prescribed by her vet) and it seemed to help her symptoms settle. Thanks.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the antihistamine helped and she isn’t in any distress with breathing I would monitor closely for the time being; most of the time it is a case of waiting for the swelling to go down. If you notice that she is struggling to breathe or cannot eat/drink you should visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tank
French mastiff
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Panting/Abnoraml Breathing
Loss of Balance
Fatigue
Tired and unable to walk on leg
Vomiting
Diarrhea

My dog was stung by yellow jacket yesterday and suffered breathing problems, severe panting, loss of back legs and had diarrhea and vomiting all day. He's still not himself today but he's drinking and eating just very tired and worn out....

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations

Normal first aid for a sting would be applying a weak solution of baking soda and water to the affected area and giving Benadryl at a dose of 1mg/lb two to three times daily. However, given the severity of the symptoms especially breathing difficulties and weakness, I would strongly recommend visiting your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Baby
Chihuahua
16 Years
Serious
Has Symptoms
Whining
Hives
Swelling
Redness
I was outside working on my bike and my dog Baby was outside walking around and just playing with my other two dogs and I didn't notice anything different until I walked in side with him and the right side of his face was swollen and then in about 20 mins he started running around and his face swollen and started breaking out in hives and we had given him benadryl and he laying around whining, he seems ok but I want to Make sure he will be okay.