Bites And Stings

In most cases stings or bites from insects like bees, wasps, hornets or ants are painful but harmless. . Some pets, however,  may have an allergic reaction that requires immediate veterinary treatment.

Signs of insect bites

Local reactions:

  • pain
  • itching
  • redness and swelling in the area
  • hives (little lumps over the skin)

Severe reactions:

  • difficulty breathing
  • profound swelling
  • vomiting/diarrhoea
  • shock/collapse/coma

What to do

Local reactions

  • 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
  • call your local Greencross Vets Clinic

Stings in the mouth

  • causes swelling of the mouth and often the animal will ‘paw’ at the area
  • Do not stick your fingers in your pet’s mouth, especially if they are distressed, as you may get inadvertently bitten
  • call your local Greencross Vets Clinic

It is best to seek veterinary attention immediately, especially if your pet stung in the face or throat area and have trouble breathing. Bring your pet to your nearest Greencross Vets or emergency vet for treatment.

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