Nature – with everything that creeps and flees – magically attracts some dogs. Curiosity and the urge to hunt mean that some dogs enjoy snapping at insects. If a bee, wasp, bumblebee, or hornet stings, especially in the mouth or throat, it can be dangerous. When it comes to insect bites, the same applies to dogs as to humans: Swelling can occur, which makes breathing difficult or impossible. And it is not uncommon for dogs to have life-threatening allergic reactions within a few minutes.
If symptoms of shock appear, such as shallow breathing, a rapid pulse, vomiting, or defecating, then the vet must be consulted immediately. He will then usually immediately administer infusions, antihistamines, and cortisone. Once the shock has passed, discuss with the vet what to do if the dog is bitten again. If necessary, you can play it safe with emergency medication.
In milder situations, the dog will at least yelp briefly at an insect bite. If the animal has been bitten on the paw or another part of the body, then it will lick or nibble on the fur there. Examine the spot: if there is a bee stinger in it, swipe it sideways with your finger. This is the best way to prevent further bee venom from getting into the skin. Cool the stitch with a cold pack in a cloth bag. You can also place a dog’s paw directly in a container with cool water. Often the worst is over.
This is how you can prevent insect bites
- Remove insect nests in your garden as early as possible – get professional help so that you don’t get bitten either!
- Teach your dog not to snap at insects with a resounding “no” right from the start. This reduces the likelihood that your pet will swallow biting insects.
- Don’t throw treats in the air for the dog to snap at. Because that fuels the animal’s tendency to hunt for flying insects.
- Regularly check outdoor water bowls for stingrays.
- Do not feed outdoors. Because wasps also eat meat.
- Fly screens on the windows keep flying insects out. However, only fill the bowl with as much wet food as the animal will eat at once, and then clean the bowl.
- When going for a walk, avoid meadow orchards with fallen fruit, on which wasps often sit.