Is this the saddest little face or what?
My poor little boy had a rough weekend. He started it out by stepping on a bee. I watched him for symptoms like difficulty breathing, swelling, hives and excessive drooling, but he didn’t have any of these. What I didn’t realize was the tiredness and soft poos he was having were signs of a reaction bad enough that he should see a vet. (I was blaming the tiredness on Benedryl.)
Should your pup come out the loser in an encounter with a bee, first remove the stinger. (The pup will not like this.) Then put a baking soda paste on the wound. (The pup will not like this.) Apply ice to help with the pain. (The pup will not like this). Then give a Benedryl. (The pup will really like this if you wrap it in peanut butter!)
Along with the Benedryl, I gave my boy some of the topical cortisone spray I keep on hand for his hot spots. It isn’t as strong as what the vet would have given him, but it did seem to bring him a bit of relief.
Be safe around those bees this Summer!