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Pets can have reactions to stings, just as people do. The dog will most likely be stung on the nose or mouth, or possibly the foot - the rest of his body is well protected by the coat.Unless you see it happen, his behavior will be puzzling, until the affected area starts to swell, which usually happens quickly.

The dog will be somewhat agitated and will run about shaking his head, or rubbing his muzzle with his paws. The area affected will start to swell within minutes and the swelling can become quite considerable over the next half hour or so. A sting in the mouth can cause an obstruction to the airway if not treated quickly.

An inspection of the affected area will probably reveal nothing, as the dog will usually manage to dislodge the sting by rubbing it. If it is still there, remove as quickly as you can.

Treatment choices:
Homeopathic Apis , which is prepared from bees, can be administered immediately, if you have it. It works well in preventing excessive swelling and its worth keeping a small bottle of Apis on hand, especially if your dog(or other family members) is known to be allergic to stings. Smearing a little honey on the sting site is also helpful to relieve the discomfort.

Veterinary treatment may be required if your dog reacts rather badly to stings. Your vet will administer antihistamine medication and steroids if he feels they are needed.



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