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Back from Camping With Good Times and Some Not So Good Times!

I always have a touch of anxiety when we go camping. I always have a worry that maybe Willow will have a bout of diarrhea and not feel well as she has done every so often. Well, it wasn't her that I should have worried about. It was me! Me with the cast iron stomach. I had two days with the worst case of the runs that I have ever had. I would have given a small fortune for a bottle of Pepto Bismol! Don't know what caused it but after a couple of days I was fine. Never did affect my husband and we hate the same foods. I'm glad it was me and not Willow!

However, Willow had her own mishap. She stepped on a bee, poor baby! She was so pitiful for a few hours. I just felt so bad. I really didn't know what to do. I didn't have any Benadryl, plus I don't know the dosage for dogs. I'm going to have to get instructions from our vet for future reference. I tried putting ice on it but she didn't want anything to do with that. She got stung in the afternoon and by evening she was fine and running around like normal. We sure had a pity party for a few hours though!

She's a great camping dog and loves being outside and going on walks. Loves the attention she receives. Of course everyone thinks she is a poodle mix or a shih tzu.
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The perfect antidote for a bee or wasp sting is an onion. I learned that from my great aunt and it works every time. Cut an onion so the juice is exposed. Place it and hold it on the site of the sting. Within minutes the pain subsides and there is no residual swelling. I've never tried it on a dog, but it really works on humans!
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Haha, I feel your pain. I always end up with some sort of GI issue when in a remote area. Glad it cleared up quickly though!

Poor Miss Willow. Somehow, we have avoided bee stings in all of our 9 years with Havs. Our beagles were another story though. Their noses got them into trouble far too frequently

As for the onions, I would advise strongly against it. Even in small amounts, they can be quite toxic to cats and dogs. I don't know if there would be any effects when applied on a bee sting wound, but if my boys are any indication of how other dogs behave, they would try to lick it off right after application. No bueno.
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I haven't heard of putting onion juice on a sting. I may try it on me if I ever get stung. However, I'm in agreement that it may not be the best thing for a dog. I would worry that the dog might try to lick off the onion juice. Good tip for us humans though!
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The perfect antidote for a bee or wasp sting is an onion. I learned that from my great aunt and it works every time. Cut an onion so the juice is exposed. Place it and hold it on the site of the sting. Within minutes the pain subsides and there is no residual swelling. I've never tried it on a dog, but it really works on humans!
Be careful with onion... IT's toxic to dogs, so don't let the dog ingest any of it, if you use it. I use a compress soaked in cold water and baking soda.

But yes, just like for us, bee stings can be very painful for dogs, but unless they have an allergic reaction, the pain usually doesn't last that long. You DO have to be careful of stings around the face, where, if there is swelling, it can block their airway because they re such a much smaller creature than we are. When Kodi was stung on the lip by a wasp as a puppy, (He tried to pick it up in his mouth, silly boy!!!) the vet had me keep him on Benadryl around the clock for 24 hours. We always keep Benadryl in our camping first aid box, because it is so useful for people AND dogs in an emergency. I know what the dose is for Kodi, but he's bigger than most of the dogs here, so it's best to check with your vet. My vet didn't need to see him... a phone call was all it took to get the information I needed to treat him.
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Be careful with onion... IT's toxic to dogs, so don't let the dog ingest any of it, if you use it. I use a compress soaked in cold water and baking soda.

We always keep Benadryl in our camping first aid box, because it is so useful for people AND dogs in an emergency. I know what the dose is for Kodi, but he's bigger than most of the dogs here, so it's best to check with your vet. My vet didn't need to see him... a phone call was all it took to get the information I needed to treat him.
I've used a baking soda paste on myself when I've been stung. I was afraid to use it in Willow as I know she would lick it off.

I've heard it's so many milligrams of Benadryl per pound of weight for dogs. I suppose I could Google it but I'll ask the vet to be sure.

Benadryl and Pepto Bismol are definitely going to be in my camping pharmaceuticals!



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I've used a baking soda paste on myself when I've been stung. I was afraid to use it in Willow as I know she would lick it off.

I've heard it's so many milligrams of Benadryl per pound of weight for dogs. I suppose I could Google it but I'll ask the vet to be sure.

Benadryl and Pepto Bismol are definitely going to be in my camping pharmaceuticals!
Yes, you should rinse it off when you're done. It won't hurt them, but I made the mistake of NOT rinsing it off when Panda was stung a couple of months ago, and she ingested enough (I think she was licking her foot because of the sting, and only ingested the baking soda by mistake) that it made her trow up... Which of course makes perfect sense... mix baking soda with stomach acid, and hat do you get? Large amounts of CO2!" poor puppy. I felt bad that I made her vomit on top of her bee sting. No harm done, though.

As far as the Benadryl is concerned, Kodi weighs 17 lbs, and takes 2/3 of a pill as needed. (they break easily with a fingernail if you get the tablets rather than the caps) I would ALWAYS check with a vet at least before the first time giving a med to a dog, but I do know that my vet told me that the worst thing that happens with a mild over dose of Benadryl is that it is sedating.


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Jackie, your camping trip sounds like a nightmare. I am not a camper, so the thought of being out in the woods without all the conveniences of home and going through what you were going through makes me terrified, haha. I am so sorry you went through that, I hope you are all better. I hope Willow feels better to poor little girl, that must have really hurt. Oh nature, ya gotta love it.







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Ollie's Mom - we actually had a great time camping. Weather was beautiful as well as the fall colors. Fishing was good too. Just a couple of minor inconveniences what with the GI problem and bee sting. Willow's sting was painful for a few hours but she got over it quickly. Even though I had to be close to a bathroom for a couple of days, I actually felt fine. But thanks for your sympathy!
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Glad to hear you and Willow had a great time camping in spite of a couple of issues. We need pictures!!

Emmie stepped on a wasp this summer and I immediately looked for a stinger (there wasn't one) and then washed the paw with soap and cold water. I think the cold water helped with the swelling. I also called the vet but since she didn't exhibit an allergic/anaphylactic reaction I didn't take her in. Regarding the Benadryl dose, the vet said the formula is 1mg of Benadryl per pound of body weight but what he recommended for Emmie was 1/4 of a 25mg tablet; she weighs 8 lbs.

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