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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-23-2012, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone's fur babies get stung by a bee? From what I've read it's a pretty serious thing. Is that the case for all dogs, or just those unfortunate enough to have a reaction to bee stings? Timmy has been obsessed with the bees. We have all these little purple flowers on our lawn and there are big bees, and little bees hovering all over. I try my best to keep him away but I want to be prepared in case his luck runs out. What should I be prepared for? What should I have on hand to help in case there is an issue. Is it true that Benadryl is bad for dogs?

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Benedryl is fine for bee stings...but I would check with your vet.If the reaction is bad enough you can bring them in to the vet for a shot to help reduce the severe reaction. Like people each dog reacts differently. My vet reccomends the childrens benedryl and the dosage for dogs is 1mg per pound. I get the childrens chewable which is 12.5 mg tablet. I give her one before she get her vaccines and it helps.

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I have had several dogs that were bee stung with no reaction at all. I used to put tobacca on my children when they were stung. I always kept a pack of chewing tobacca and would wet a glob with warm water and put on the sting. It would take down the swelling.

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Gucci got stung on the nose by a wasp when she was a little puppy, it was awful! My Dh had to pull the stinger out and she was scared of him for 4 months (I guess she blamed him for the pain even though he helped her)

She didn't have a reaction, but I know it hurt like hell.

The tobacco thing works, but not so much when you don't have any tobacco in the house..lol

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Baking soda mixed into a paste with water also helps to take the "sting" out of a bee sting.


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Benedryl is fine for bee stings...but I would check with your vet.If the reaction is bad enough you can bring them in to the vet for a shot to help reduce the severe reaction. Like people each dog reacts differently. My vet reccomends the childrens benedryl and the dosage for dogs is 1mg per pound. I get the childrens chewable which is 12.5 mg tablet. I give her one before she get her vaccines and it helps.
If you haven't checked all the ingredients for children's chewable Benadryl, would you please chack and make certain the tablets do NOT contain any Xylitol?

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener - common in chewable tablets - harmless to humans - but VERY toxic to dogs!

Could you please check, and report back?

Camellia is on Benadryl all the time, for her allergic dermatitis, and there was a time I would have considered the chewable tablets, but now I have her taking her pills very easily in her canned food (my Two-Glob or Three-Glob technique, which seems quite fool-proof for Camellia; it also worked as well for my previous dogs) - so I won't need to look for the chewable tablets. But I like to KNOW about them!

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I wonder if bee venom allergies are as rare in canines as it is in humans? I can get stung, swell up something hideous and itch like crazy. But that's nothing compared to the anaphylactic shock one of my daughters goes through when stung. She has to keep two epi-pens with her at all times and was even allergic to the immuno therapy. A reaction like that in a little Havanese would probably be lethal.




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Django bit a bee that had gotten into our home. needless to say, it bit him. We had to rush him to the vet, he was having trouble breathing. Vet gave him a shot of benadryl and something else. Now, we stay far away from bees and I always have my eyes open when we walk.
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Sailor is obsessed with all kind os bugs including bees. I have to watch him closely when he's outside. He went into shock and almost died at 5 months and we have yet to find out what caused it. My husband thinks he was stung or bitten by something outside. However, the vet thinks he could have ate something that he had a reaction to. I have no idea what it could have been but I monitor him closely when he's out now. I don't want a repeat of the last episode.

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I got stung by a bee when I was a child and I tell you, it hurts a lot. Fortunately, I was not hospitalized and the swelling was only minimal. I'm glad my dog has not been stung by a bee.

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