What to Do If Your Pet Is Stung by a Bee
Bee stings are painful to pets and it’s possible that your pet could have an allergic reaction. If your pet is stung multiple times or displays signs of allergic reaction, visit an emergency veterinary clinic immediately.
In many cases a bee sting can be treated at home.
1st, locate where the sting occurred (usually it’s on a paw or the face). If you need to remove the bee’s stinger, do not use tweezers. Use a credit card from your wallet to scrape away the stinger and make sure the venom sac comes out with it.
If your pet has a mild allergic reaction to a bee sting, use Benadryl.
If regular diphenhydramine (Benadryl) isn’t working, it is important to head to your vet for injections of drugs that prevent the inflammatory response from escalating.
If your pet is stung my multiple bees, hornets or wasps, head to the vet immediately for urgent care.
Most US bees tend to be docile and do not pose a serious threat to humans or animals, that is unless you or they are allergic.
On the contrary, bees are incredibly beneficial for the environment but have been declining at an alarming rate.
In the US, pollination by insects including honeybees and native bees results in $40-B worth of products annually. Honeybees alone help to pollinate 87 of the top 115 food crops.
Aside from food production, pollination is necessary for the survival of many other plant species as well, including wildflowers.
Such flowering plants help provide clean air, help purify water and prevent erosion, since their roots help hold soil in place. If you want to get involved in saving these precious species, there is a lot you can do, including buying Organic and locally grown Real food.
In addition, the Pollinator Partnership recommends the following:
- Growing native plants, especially those that provide nectar and larval food for pollinators
- Installing houses for bats and native bees
- Supplying salt or mineral licks for butterflies and water for all wildlife
- Reducing pesticide use
- Substituting flower beds for lawns
The Pollinator Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and the largest in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems.
Enjoy this Summer and the Bees!