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Bee sting on dog paw

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bee sting on dog paw
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 1 year ago.

Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am very sorry to hear about poor Doris's bee sting.

Make sure that you examine the area closely and remove the stinger with tweezers or the edge of a credit card if you can find it, as that will stop further envenomation.

Treatment is based upon stopping further allergic reaction with antihistamines like Benadryl and sometimes cortisone if the reaction progresses.

Is her breathing and activity level normal?

Any vomiting or diarrhea?

Any difficulty breathing?

You can give her Benadryl (diphenhydramine only don't use the combination products with decongestants or acetaminophen as they can be toxic for dogs) at 1mg to 2mg per pound or one 25mg capsule per 15 to 25 pounds of body weight orally every 8 hours. You'll need to give it for at least 72 hours (3 days) to allow the allergen time to clear. If you stop too soon the reaction and swelling will recur. Dogs take a really high dose of antihistamines compared to people, so don't let the amount worry you. They require more than we do. This may make her a little sleepy.

You can also apply a cool compress or ice to the swollen area and/or soak her paw in a cool water bath. The cool water will close skin capillaries and reduce inflammation.

Then you can pat the area dry and apply a little cortisone cream (cortaid) to the site.

And then you'll need to watch her closely for any progression of symptoms. That includes difficulty breathing, vomiting or diarrhea.

The swelling/redness should resolve slowly over the next 12 to 24 hours.

In extreme allergic reactions they can get shocky and collapse but you should see difficulty breathing and vomiting/diarrhea first. Those types of severe reactions are very rare.

Most reactions are managed just fine with antihistamines alone.

Because you know now that she has these types of reactions you should keep Benadryl on hand at all times.

If you notice progression of her symptoms don't wait, have her checked on an emergency basis.

If you'd like you can have an emergency veterinarian check her now. They can give a cortisone injection which will lessen symptoms faster. But if she seems to be doing well then I would just call your regular veterinarian tomorrow and let them know so it is on her record for future reference.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
i coludn' find stinger i even shaved her paw. she is holding it up and crying
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 1 year ago.

Poor girl, I am sorry to hear that she is so uncomfortable.

Try giving her Benadryl, and applying cortisone ointment to see if we cannot get her feeling better.