What are Stings?
Dogs and cats of all ages and breeds are often susceptible to insect stings and bites. During the warmer months, your pet will naturally spend more time outdoors, and you will also discover that during this time, insects such as wasps, bees and mosquitoes are most active. When your pet is stung by an insect, the affected area swells and becomes inflamed.
In some cases, your cat or dog may even experience an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions may be mild or severe. A mild reaction may bring about symptoms of a fever, loss of appetite or lethargy but usually resolves on its own. More severe allergic reactions may cause inflammation and redness around the eyes, on the lips or neck.
Very often, this allergic reaction may look like hives and is very itchy. They may also experience breathing difficulties, vomit or seizures. If your pet swallows the insect, the insect may sting your pet internally and this may lead to anaphylactic shock.
Always inspect your pet carefully after he has been outside and be aware of any physical or behavioral changes. Consult your vet immediately.
Help for Stings
Antihistamines may be prescribed to prevent any serious complications or the stinger will be removed using a pair of tweezers.
Herbal and homeopathic remedies have been used for centuries as a natural solution for insect stings and bites in both humans and pets. These natural remedies benefit the pet’s skin and promote rapid healing.
Carefully selected herbal ingredients such as Hamamelis virginianum (Witch hazel), Calendula officinalis (Marigold), Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm) and Urtica urens have antiseptic properties that cleanses, soothes, calms and supports functioning of the skin.
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Tips to Relieve Stings
There are several things that you can do to relieve stings and these include:
- Place an ice pack wrapped in a towel on the sting to reduce swelling and pain
- Make a paste of water and baking soda and then apply to the affected area several times per day
- Keep your pet away from places where wasps, bees or mosquitoes are predominant
- If your pet was stung by a bee, remove the stinger using a tweezer or credit card to scrape the skin to prevent venom from entering the wound
- Disinfect the wound to avoid further infection
- Keep a first aid kit on hand so that you are prepared