What could possibly make your dog happier than romping in her own backyard and rolling in the grass? Backyards are a utopia for our pups or at least they should be. Do you know what’s lurking in your yard? Let’s look at one such danger that can harm your dog…wasps.
Wasps are everywhere, even is urban settings. They can make their home in some unsuspecting places. Lisa from stripes spots & purrs , reached out to me with one such story.
Lisa was picking up her dog’s toys so she could mow the lawn. That’s when she stumbled upon a grisly sight. There was a wasp nest inside of a Kong toy! Lisa was able to dispose of the toy, but not before she was stung. This could have ended much differently if her pup had found the toy first.
Dogs are usually stung on their paws, around their face and in their mouths. If your dog has been stung multiple times or was stung in the mouth or throat this is an emergency. Get your pup immediate veterinary care.
Treating A Wasp Sting
Not all dogs will have an allergic reaction to a wasp sting. Follow the tips below for home treatment. Observe your dog closely up to 24 hours to see if there is an allergic reaction.
- Apply a paste of baking soda and water on the infected area. Be careful and keep the paste away from the eyes.
- Wrap some ice or an ice pack in a tea towel. Apply to the infected area. This will help to relieve swelling & pain.
- Give her fresh water and watch your pup very closely.
When to Take Your Dog to The Vet Immediately
- If your dog has been stung multiple times, act quickly and take your pup to the vet right away. Your quick action can prevent your dog from going into shock.
- If your dog has been stung in the mouth or throat. This can interfere with breathing and swallowing.
- Breathing problems
- Fever or low body temperature
- Weakness and difficulty moving
Dog Friendly Solution
We can’t protect our pets all the time, but we can take measures to reduce the threats. Check your yard frequently for wasp, bee, and hornet nests. If you find a nest in your yard contact a professional prompt for removal.
Has your dog been stung by a wasp? How did you handle it?
I would like to thank Lisa from stripes spots and purrs for sharing her story.
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