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How To Treat A Dog For A Hornet Sting

Hornet StingWhen a hornet stings a dog there is not usually a problem, however some dogs do have a strong reaction. Just like humans, some dogs can suffer from mild to severe allergic reactions triggered by hornet stings. In fact some dogs experience serious allergic reactions to hornet stings that are fatal. Unfortunately it is not easy to identify if your pet has been stung by a hornet because the symptoms it may experience are hives and swelling which are common symptoms with insect bites as well. You can first monitor and observe other allergic reactions your dog may have, while reducing the discomfort being felt before taking other action.

Be Prepared At All Times

As a pet owner you need to be prepared at all times for any type of emergency, especially since it is more difficult to determine dog ailments. It is a good idea to ask your vet ahead of time for any over-the-counter medication you can buy to treat insect bites and stings as well as allergies. However, be careful in giving your pet the proper dosage because every breed, size and age of dog will have their respective dosage for every type of medicine.

Locate the Stinger on the Skin

To determine if you are dealing with a hornet sting, observe which area on your pet’s body is swelling, painful and itchy with a stinger left in the skin. Then carefully remove the stinger to stop more venom from being released in your dog’s body. You can use a pair of tweezers or a hard card to scrape it gently from the skin.

Apply First Aid

Once the stinger has been removed, you can then wash the swollen area with mild soap and warm water, and then gently pat dry with a clean towel. To reduce the swelling you can wrap an ice pack in a soft towel and apply it on the wound for five minutes at a time.

Keep an Eye Out For Allergic Reactions

While you are applying the cold compress on your pet’s wound, observe the allergic reactions it may experience. Some serious allergic reactions are diarrhea, pale gums and vomiting, but it is important that you observe any signs of anaphylactic shock. When a dog goes into anaphylactic shock it will appear to be shaky, weak and have difficulty breathing.

Home Treatments

If the allergic reaction is not serious, you can always use home treatments to help treat the sting. To soothe the sting wound, you can make a paste out of a teaspoon of sugar and water and rub it on the sting for a few minutes. You can also make a paste with baking soda and water and have it applied several times in a day. The soda will draw out the venom and soothe the sting. Even strong white vinegar, antiseptic mouthwash, ammonia, olive oil or damp tea bags can ease the pain.

The instant you detect severe allergic reactions, bring your pet to the vet but keep him awake during the trip. It is also important that you take steps to get rid of hornets from your property with the help of a pest control professional because your family may get stung the next time.

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Valerie Banks is a freelance writer specializing in health and well being of pets, as well as natural Minneapolis wasp control methods. She also writes blogs on how to treat hornet stings and offers home treatment tips to pet owners.


Join us for Fetchapalooza this weekend at the Albuquerque Journal Center. All day Saturday and Sunday we will be giving heartworm tests, putting in microchips and holding a shot clinic. Come down and see us and save big! Or if you can’t come to Fetchapalooza bring the ad below into the Albuquerque Vet-Co or the Los Lunas Vet-Co and save on microchips, heartworm tests and vaccinations for this weekend only!

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We have a lot of other great promotions! Make sure you check out our promotions page to see what great deals we have on vaccinations, surgeries, heartworm tests, dental cleanings, spays and neuters, microchips and nail trims!

How To Prepare For Bringing A New Pet Home

Bringing home a new petIt’s a great thing when you decide to open up your home and bring a pet into your family. Pets can give so much love and joy. Pets are also a full-time responsibility, and they can really change your life. Before you bring your new pet home, it’s a good idea to prepare in some simple ways. Here are some of the things you should try to do first.

Purchase All the Supplies You’ll Need

Before you bring your pet home, you want to make sure that you have everything they’ll need. In order to prepare for their arrival, you should purchase food for them. Depending on what type of pet you get, you’ll need different supplies.

Some things you might need are:

  • Food and water bowls
  • Collar
  • Leash
  • ID tags
  • Bed
  • Tank
  • Crate
  • Toys

You don’t want to have to run out to buy the essentials after you’ve brought your pet home for the first time.

Pet-Proof Your Home

Bringing home a pet is similar to bringing home a new baby. They’re going to be in an entirely new environment, and you’re going to need to make some adjustments to your home to make sure your pet doesn’t get hurt while they’re still learning the ropes. Lock your cabinets and especially put cleaning products and chemicals away from where a pet could reach them.

Use Gates to Establish Boundaries

If you don’t want to give your pet the entire roam of the house, you should use baby gates to establish the boundaries of where they’re able to go and where they need to stay out of. Gates can help protect your pet by keeping them out of the garage or falling down the basement steps, for instance. They can also protect the belongings in your bedroom from being chewed on or soiled. Until your pet learns where they are and aren’t allowed to be, use gates to help.

Take the Day Off

It’s best to bring your pet home on one of your off days. You don’t want to have to bring your pet home and then soon after leave them alone to go to work or another obligation. Take the entire day off so that you can spend time with them, which will allow you and your pet to get to know each other and become comfortable with each other. You can help your pet explore your home and teach them things like where they can find their food, and work on bathroom training.

Have a Family Meeting

Before your pet is home, you and your family should have a meeting to discuss the new pet. You should talk about what duties of caring for the pet each person is responsible. You should talk about a schedule for the pet, such as when they will eat. You should also discuss with children expectations of their behavior and give them an idea of what to expect in the behavior of the new pet.

Travis Lee is a veterinary student and avid writer who loves to write about anything from adopting a new pet to the best ways to keep your animals healthy.

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The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.