Ask Dr Claire

My Poodle has been bitten on the paw by a bee. She has vomited and had a bowel movement but aside from that although very subdued, she seems ok. What should we watch for?

It’s really important when it comes to bee stings and dogs, that we monitor for allergic reactions.

These include:

  • Itch,
  • Swelling,
  • Red skin,
  • Vomiting,
  • Raised bumps over the body,
  • Difficulty breathing.

If the bee sting is around the dog’s mouth, local swelling to the base of the tongue can cause an obstruction to breathing which is life threatening.

If there’s swelling around the mouth or difficulty breathing you need to take your dog to your nearest vet immediately for treatment.

A simple sting in the paw may be annoying to your dog only temporarily, and no further treatment may be required.

The vomit is a sign of a reaction, but if your dog is normal and there’s no swelling now, you should look for the stinger in their paw and remove it just with your finger, and if your dog tolerates it you could apply a cold pack or ice wrapped in a towel over the sting for a few minutes.

Absolutely monitor your lovely dog closely to ensure a worsening allergic reaction doesn’t develop.

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Dr Claire

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