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Stung by a bee

My little Lola got stung by a bee yesterday and it was the scariest experience. We were getting in from running an errand & I was [unsuccessfully] trying to get Lola to go potty. I saw her sniffing something on the ground then she started shaking her head, I went to check her face and noticed a bee on the ground. Even though she seemed ok except for a little head shaking, I turned right around and drove to the vet which is just up the street. They said it was really good that I brought her in quickly and took her back right away to try to find the stinger and give her a benadryl shot.

On the short car ride home she threw up her breakfast. I thought maybe it was because she was nervous. Then when we got home she drank a bunch of water and started throwing up more. I've never seen a dog throw up so violently before. She seemed disoriented and could hardly stand up & walk straight. I called the vet to ask if this was a normal reaction and they said no, to bring her in right away.

So back to the vet we went. On the elevator ride to my car she went limp in my arms. I shook her & called her name and she was barely moving.....I honestly thought she was going to stop breathing. It was so, so scary.

The vet saw her right away again and gave her a steroid shot. She was immediately better after that. No more vomiting. He said to monitor her closely the next few hours to make sure she stopped throwing up and was still breathing. I watched her closely while she slept on the sofa for a few hours.

I thought maybe it was a reaction to the benadryl, but the vet said it was a reaction to the bee sting & the benadryl either didn't have enough time to work or wasn't strong enough. He said if she ever gets a bee sting in the future, it needs to be treated immediately and I need to let whatever vet we're at know that she has a reaction to bee stings and needs a steroid shot.

So the moral of the story.....if you're furbaby ever gets stung by a bee head straight to the vet! I don't even want to think about what could have happened if I hadn't taken her in. Phew! She's curious of all flying/crawling creatures....maybe its a puppy thing that she'll grow out of. I'm going to be even more nuts about letting her get near bees now [I'm always telling DH to watch out for them and he thinks I'm silly].
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Very happy to hear Lola is ok, poor baby! That's so scary! It's good to know as we have lots of yellow jackets and bees around in the summer.

Thank God it all turned out well.

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Sorry, but I have to suspect the Benadryl. If it was my dog, I'd avoid Benadryl in the future unless it's given at the vets and you keep the dog there to see what happens.

Apis is a homeopathic remedy that we have used often on dogs and ourselves for stings. It can't hurt, might save the dog's life, and if it doesn't work you've lost nothing. We go nowhere without it.

I'm curious what others make of this. How much time elapsed between the sting and the reaction? How soon after the Benadryl was the reaction?

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That's pretty scary and I know someone else whos dog reacts strongly to bee stings. When her dog got stung it started having a bad reaction pretty quick and the vet told her to give benedryl on the way to the vets office and then cared for the dog there. She said it was really scary!

My last dog Ayla used to bite at yellowjackets and one time she must have gotton stung in her mouth because it swelled all up. Benedryl helped her and she was much better the next day.

I hope Lola's doing better now.
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How scarey! I'm so glad Lola is alright. BTW, I love, love, love that name! :-)

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Murphy was stung by a bee and had a bad reaction almost immediately. I called the vets and they said to give him benadryl right away. Murph is so small that DH had to run to the drugstore to get liquid benadryl. He was so out of it that I thought he was dying. I was on the floor holding him and sobbing my eyes out til DH got home. The benadryl started to help quickly. We should all have liquid benadryl on hand and know determined by their weight on the correct dosage so we can give it right away!!!

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Thanks for the good wishes. Poor thing got spayed last Wednesday....so between recovering from her surgery to the traumatic bee sting event yesterday she seems a little more tired than usual & is keeping her tail down a little more. I'm hoping she'll perk up in a few days. She's eating/drinking & going potty which are all good signs.

Its tough to say if it was a reaction to the benadryl or the bee sting. I only live 2 blocks from the vet, so it took under 2 minutes for me to drive there and park. From the sting, to the benadryl shot to the steroid shot....it all happened so quickly.
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That is scary! I am glad that Lola is well.

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i had a dog once that used to eat bees and yellow jackets and somehow didn't get stung or didn't react at all. go figure.
i don't think it was the benadryl that caused the reaction. it probably wasn't enough benadryl to stop the anaphylactic shock.
severe allergic reactions in people can linger for a day or so. ie, the acute phase is over, but there are still some symptoms... since your dog is so allergic, do they make epi-pens for dogs???? the next reaction will be worse... i would want an emergency vial of epinephrine doggie style and syringe and the dose easily available.
do they use epinephrine on dogs?????
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Goodness, what a scare! So glad Lola is ok.

We seem to get a number of dead/dying bees in our backyard and, in case you're not aware of it, bees who are dying or have been dead for less than 1/2 hr. can still sting. So, beware!

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