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Over the years most of my Irish Setters have at some point in their lives had a swelling or swellings caused by stings or bites and sometimes there has not been a known reason. Most bites or stings are in or around the mouth as the dogs are playing with or trying to eat an insect, wasp or bee. Usually the swelling does not last too long but it is scary when you are not sure if the swelling is going to extend to the back of the tongue or throat area and cause breathing difficulties. When this has happened by day I would normally get them to the vet as soon as possible for a jab which I always assumed is an anti inflammatory but it may have been a steroid (I will ask the next time I go) and the swelling has gone down very quickly. If it is out of vets hours then I administer Piraton and always keep some of them in the cupboard. I also had one dog who kept coming up in what Sue describes as hives, he used to get small swellings come up around his face, muzzle and front legs but taking him to the vets would have been a waste of time as they would disappear as quickly as they came up, however he grew out of this completely when he got to 2 years old and we thought it was due to the pollen from the stinging nettles flowers and were always careful to get rid of them from the fields where he ran before they flowered when we realised it could be them causing it.
Hi Ziggy, scary isn't it!! Am so glad your dog is ok though, last year all three of mine disturbed a wasps nest at a local beauty spot, all got stung, including poor husband who was brushing wasps off the dogs in an effort to reduce the damage!! they all came up in awful lumps but fortunately husband phoned me and we got them treated straight away, initially with injections, always thought anti inflammatory but not sure, and then piriton tablets. Only today one of mine was fascinated by a bee!! A few years ago i had a jack russell cross who had anaphalaxis after a bee sting, that was really scary as we were in the middle of a field quite a walk from our house, we had no car, and my ex husband had to scoop the dog up and run back to a neighbours house to get a lift to the vet!! Fortunately the dog was ok and was very wary of anything flying ever afterwards!! I, on the other hand, was a nervous wreck!!
The very same thing happended to me. We had our walk in the woods - Georgie jumped into the car all was well and we were home in 3 minutes. She got out of the car and my neice screamed for me to look at georgie and she too looked like a Sharpei. The vet is literally just around the corner - I asked for a vet immediately and I felt a total lack of urgency from the reception staff - so I repeated my request for a vet and one came, Unfortunately for me she did not give me confidence. She insisted on weighing Georgie and I thought she would collapse walking to the scales - I told the vet her weight but she insisted. She explained that it was a reaction to an insect, how she was going to treat it and that she would need to be fed on chicken and rice once she got home!!!!!! I interupted the conversation and said - 'I do not want to stand here listening to you talking about a menu whilst my dog dies from an allergic reaction'. The vet shut up and gave a steriod and said I could take her home! No way - I insisted we stayed until the swelling had gone down. My neice and I sat on the floor in the consulting room for an hour untill the vet returned to check her over.! Both my neice and I work in Intensive Care and deal with emergencies all the time - but we were both in shock simply because the vet seemed not to appreciate the urgency of the situation. I can not get over the chicken and rice advice that came before the steriod!
I made sure I saw another vet for a check up and asked if I should have some medication to administer imediately but the answer was no because she did not collapse and the airway was clear.
Thankfully Georgie runs from bees ect ever since that day! When ever I leave them in the house I always make sure there arent any bees or wasps in the house and the windows are closed.
I am glad that Charlie is on the mend. My advice to anyone is get to the vet as soon as you can
Yep, I have two here who are allergic. The last time our Lab got stung, his whole head ballooned, and he lost all the hair around his eyes, plus a few patches on his head. When we took him into the vet for an injection, the Receptionist thought he was a SharPei.
Tiz had her face swell up after being stung by a bee. My Vet told us we can give her Benadryl if we are not able to get to the vet right away. I always have Benadryl in the house.