Applying an ice pack can help relieve swelling around a bee sting.
Treating canine bee stings quickly is vital for a quick and hassle-free healing. Quick removal of the stinger is necessary to stop the flow of venom to the dog. The stinger can usually be removed with a credit card or fingernail to scrape the dog’s skin. To reduce swelling from canine bee stings, apply an ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. A poultice made of baking soda and water can be applied to the area to soothe the dog’s skin and promote healing.
Manuka honey, which is secreted by bees that feed on the manuka bush, can be used to treat bee stings.
Sometimes an application of milk of magnesia will reduce the itchiness of the bite. Hydrocortisone cream with aloe vera can also help relieve pain and irritation. A paste of meat tenderizer and water applied to the area can help break down the venom and reduce the amount of venom the dog is exposed to. An herbal preparation of lemon balm can be applied to the affected area to soothe irritation. You can also apply manuka honey to the bee sting as it has antibacterial properties and helps soothe skin irritations.
Hydrocortisone cream can be used for dogs to relieve itching and irritation caused by insect bites and stings.
Some symptoms may indicate the immediate need to see a veterinarian. Severe symptoms include breathing problems, collapse, diarrhea and vomiting. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s critical to get veterinary attention quickly to prevent further injury. In the veterinary environment, treatment is focused on hydration of the dog, prevention of shocks and protection of the dog’s vital organs.
If a dog has breathing problems, diarrhea or vomiting after being stung by a bee, he should be taken to the vet.
Quick treatment of canine bee stings is necessary because dogs can be allergic to bee venom. Delayed treatment may allow more bee venom to enter the dog’s bloodstream. If the dog appears to have trouble breathing after a bee sting, you should transport him to an emergency veterinary hospital right away, as this could indicate an allergic reaction. A few drops of Benadryl® added to a treat and given to the dog can help reduce the effects of bee venom.
If the dog suffers bee stings after disturbing a hive, it is likely that he has multiple stings. It is important to remember that bees are territorial and will aggressively attack any intruder that disturbs the hive. To avoid bee stings, be sure to steer your dog away from any hives. For multiple bee stings, consult a veterinarian immediately, as a large dose of bee venom can cause shock and damage to the dog’s organs. Without proper treatment, canine bee stings can be deadly.