Stings or bites from insects (like bees, wasps, hornets or ants) usually cause a painful, yet harmless, reaction. However, some pets may have more acute and life-threatening allergic reactions that require immediate veterinary treatment.
Signs of insect bites
- redness and swelling in the area
- hives (little lumps over the skin)
- difficulty breathing
What to do
- when possible, remove the embedded stingers with tweezers
- never squeeze the area – this may cause further pain and deepen the stinger
- apply a cold pack to the swollen area
Stings in the mouth
- causes swelling of the mouth and often the animal will ‘paw’ at the area
- remove the stinger and apply an ice pack
It is best to seek veterinary attention immediately, especially if they are stung in the throat area and have trouble breathing. Bring your pet to your nearest Greencross Vets for treatment.