Bee and Wasp Stings
- Always protect yourself and ensure your own safety first.
- If your pet has been stung by a bee and the sting is visible, scrape it out with your thumbnail or a credit card (a wasp does not leave a stinger behind).
- Applying a wrapped ice pack may help to soothe the sting and reduce inflammation.
- If the sting is in the mouth or throat, contact the vet as it could cause swelling which will interfere with breathing.
- If your pet has a local reaction, apply a wrapped ice pack to the area as this can help reduce swelling. If your pet shows any signs of a systemic reaction or of anaphylactic shock, call your vet immediately as this is a life-threatening emergency.
Flea bites are annoying and itchy for most dogs, but if your dog is allergic to them they can cause real discomfort and severe scratching, which can become infected. Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) is incredibly common and is sensitivity to flea saliva.
The saliva of just one or two fleas can cause them to become itchy and uncomfortable for many weeks, long past the death of the original fleas.
If your pet has a large infestation of fleas, they can become anaemic.
Fleas can be treated with many different over-the-counter remedies. Alternatively, ask your vet or grooming parlour for recommendations.
First Aid for Pets provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for veterinary advice. The author does not accept any liability or responsibility for any inaccuracies or for any mistreatment or misdiagnosis of any person or animal, however caused. It is strongly advised that you attend a practical First Aid for Pets course or take our online course to understand what to do in a medical emergency.