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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].