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Wasp sting in dogs: Symptoms and home remedies

Wasp sting in dogs

A wasp sting in dogs does not usually have serious consequences, but it’s important to know how to react in such a situation, this circumstance can occur especially during warm months and in curious dogs with free access to the outside.

In this article, we will explain the consequences of wasp sting in dogs, what symptoms appear and which ones should alarm us. We will also talk about how to cure a wasp sting in a dog and what home remedies to apply to relieve the animal’s pain.

Symptoms of wasp sting in dogs

There are several types of wasps that can potentially sting our dog, especially if It has the opportunity to spend a lot of time outside during the hottest months of the year. Generally, these insects roam around food and water and can especially sting curious dogs that dare to smell or try to catch them.

For this reason, stings are more frequent on hairless parts of the body, such as the legs or, above all, the nose. The stings may go unnoticed, but in some cases, we will be able to identify the symptoms or assist directly at the time of the sting. How do you know if your dog has been stung by a wasp? The most common symptoms are:

  • Inflammation of the puncture area.
  • Pain in that area.
  • Redness of the affected area.
  • Itching in the dog.
  • Stings on the face can cause significant swelling.
  • A sting inside the mouth, due to the swelling caused, can cause severe breathing problems.
  • Anaphylactic shock if the dog is repeatedly stung or allergic to wasps.
Wasp sting in dogs

Allergic reaction

Although a wasp sting in dogs usually causes only local symptoms, some animals that have been stung repeatedly or are allergic may experience so-called anaphylactic shock, which is an immediate and severe allergic reaction to inoculated toxins. Requires prompt intervention by a veterinarian.

Other symptoms, in addition to those mentioned above, which should concern us and which indicate hypersensitivity to the poison, are a reason to go to the veterinary center immediately:

  • Nervousness.
  • Sialorrhea (Hypersalivation).
  • Diarrhea.
  • Difficulty in breathing.
  • Generalized weakness.
  • Convulsions.
  • Collapse in severe cases.
  • The dog goes into a coma and dies.

What to do if your dog is stung by a wasp

First of all, if we have the opportunity to observe the moment of the sting, it’s important to make sure which insect caused it, as bees, mosquitoes, spiders or ticks can also sting dogs. Since there are variations in both symptomatology and treatment, identification of the author of the bite is relevant and helps the veterinarian diagnose and treat more effectively and quickly.

In principle, a wasp sting in dogs can be painful, but, with a few exceptions, it will only cause local discomfort that can be relieved at home without major consequences. If, however, your dog shows symptoms compatible with anaphylactic shock after a wasp sting, there is no way to treat It at home and it’s imperative that you go to the nearest veterinary facility immediately.

These dogs will need intravenous and subcutaneous administration of drugs and fluids, as well as oxygen.

Finally, bites on the face and in the mouth should also be evaluated by the vet. Given the degree of swelling they cause and the discomfort that can result from it, it may be necessary to administer some medications which, of course, will have to be prescribed by the specialist.

Home remedies for wasp sting in dogs

Wasp sting in dogs

Only dogs that have had a mild local reaction can be treated at home.

In these cases the sting will mainly cause inflammation and pain, so a good option, if you are wondering how to cure a wasp sting in your dog, is to apply ice after washing it with mild soap and water. We can use a freezer bag or ice cube covered with a cloth or towel, never directly on the skin.

If the dog is very upset and the effect of the cold does not seem to be sufficient, we should never medicate the dog alone, but go to the vet so that, after having checked It, the vet can determine which is the most suitable drug for Its case. specific.

This article is purely informative, at shelterapet we do not have the right to prescribe veterinary treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We encourage you to take your pet to the vet in case It has any kind of discomfort or discomfort.

Written by Amanda

Passionate about animals, Amanda draws her expertise from her training as an educator, canine behaviorist as well as her extensive experience with animal owners. A specialist in dog and cat behavior, Amanda continues to learn about our four-legged companions by studying veterinary reference books but also university research sites (UCD, Utrecht, Cambridge, Cornell, etc..)

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