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Old June 27th, 2004, 06:00 PM
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Bee or wasp stings in dogs - Answered by Dr. Van Lienden

What can we do for bee or wasp stings for our cats or dogs?
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Old June 27th, 2004, 06:07 PM
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Last year I got stung 7 times, all at once, by wasps. Mix baking soda and water to a paste and apply it to the sting. Make sure the stinger is not still in the flesh.
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Old June 27th, 2004, 06:35 PM
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Thanks again for the info. I am so happy to have found this site.
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Old July 6th, 2004, 10:16 AM
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If you can find the sting spot, then use a meat tenderizer poultice, and follow up with an antihistamine: I use Benadryl 25mg 2-3X daily for twenty-four hours for dogs in the 15lb to 30lb range. Most dogs become drowsy with antihistamine.

If there is significant swelling (an allergic reaction) then see your veterinarian right away.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
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Old July 20th, 2004, 06:51 PM
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My dog is very allergic to stings, and seems to get stung once a year at least. I keep benadryl on hand at all times.

The first time she had a reaction, her neck swelled up, looked like she had the mumps. We rushed her to the vet, he gave her a cortizone shot and suggested benadryl.

This past Monday, she got stung evidently near her eye when she went out first thing in the morning. After coming in and sleeping for awhile, she woke at 9 or so with a totally swollen eye. We started her on the benadryl, but still took her in to the vet, since it was her eye and because I am paranoid. She was given another cortizone shot and after almost a full day, she is back to herself.

I guess some dogs are more allergic than others, just like humans (I have to go to the doctor everytime I get a sting from a wasp, bee, hornet, etc.).
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Old June 7th, 2011, 09:20 AM
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I think my dog might have gotten stung by a wasp, near the base of her tail. It is swollen, about the size of my thumbnail. I noticed this on Sunday and today is Tuesday and is still swollen. She is fine otherwise, eating, playing....how long does it take for the swelling to go down?
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Old June 7th, 2011, 09:27 AM
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I normally give Brina benadryl and by the evening the swelling is almost gone
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Old June 7th, 2011, 11:24 AM
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Dlowery669 Is the sting on the top of the tail or the underside? Just wondering because you wouldnt want to miss a problem such as infected or absessed anal glands?? Have you seen your pup scooting at all?
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Old June 13th, 2011, 04:44 AM
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If the lump doesn't go down and persists, like for a long time (talking years), be sure to have a vet check it out. My girl's wasp sting never resolved and eventually turned into a mast cell tumor.

My girl was special, she never never followed the rules. I suspect that this is very rare.
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