It’s always scary getting stung by a bee—no matter how old you are. But what do you do when your animals get stung by bees? If you have a beehive in your yard, it’s important to learn preventative steps to avoid getting stung, as well as what to do if someone does get stung. Take these special tips to handle a pet bee sting.
What to Do If Your Pet Gets Stung by a Bee
Dogs and cats are curious animals. If they have full reign to explore your home or yard, they may come across creatures like bees that will fight back if they get too close. It’s important for all pet owners to know what to do if your pet gets stung by a bee. It can be crucial information to prevent severe health issues for your dog or cat. If an accident like a bee sting occurs in your yard or home, take the following steps:
Watch out for an allergic reaction
Some bee stings simply cause a little pain or discomfort that goes away with time. However, some dogs and cats can be allergic to bee stings. As their caretaker, you want to be mindful of the signs of an allergic reaction just in case.
Your pet may have an allergic reaction to a bee sting if you notice hot or swollen areas around the location of the sting. Your dog or cat may also be scratching the area if it is irritated.
If you notice signs of a severe allergic reaction, take your pet to his or her veterinarian right away. Watch out for the following symptoms:
- Swelling in the face and neck
- Drooling or vomiting
- Difficulty breathing
- Overall weakness
Look for and remove the stinger
After your animal experiences a bee sting, it’s important to try to remove the stinger. If left inside the animal’s skin, the venom can spread to other areas. The stinger looks like a small black sac. You can remove it by brushing it off with your finger, or you can carefully use tweezers to remove it.
Soothe the sting site
Your dog or cat may experience some discomfort after a bee sting. You can relieve this pain by mixing water and baking soda and rubbing that on the site of the sting. You can also use a cold compress to ease any discomfort or pain in your pet.
Know when to visit the vet
If your pet has been stung multiple times or if you notice the signs of a severe allergic reaction noted above, you should take a trip to the vet to receive care. He or she may give your dog or cat a dose of Benadryl or antihistamine to relieve symptoms and prevent anaphylactic shock.
Take the Steps to Keep Bees Away from Your Home and Yard
To avoid a potentially dangerous accident with your pet or family members, take the steps to prevent a beehive from nesting in your yard and home. Here are some tips to make sure the bees stay away:
- Close or patch holes in the siding of your home
- Avoid planting flowers or other plants that attract bees
- Seal areas like sheds and grills where bees may be interested in nesting
Call in the Professionals to Safely Remove Bees from Your Home
At Bee Master of Las Vegas, we pride ourselves in providing safe, expert bee removal in the Las Vegas valley. Get to know some bee FAQs to learn all about these creatures. And if you have a bee infestation in your yard, give us a call right away.