Welcome to Arkansas, the Natural State. We have numerous biting and stinging insects in addition to two venomous spiders (the Black Widow and Brown Recluse). It is not uncommon for pets to have unfortunate encounters with unfriendly insects in our area.
While one or two stings may be manageable at home with a large breed dog, remember smaller dogs and cats do not have as much body mass to spread the pain of inflammation out over.
Honey Bees and Bumble Bees will often leave an attached stinger - which should be scrapped away (not pulled if possible, as this could result in squeezing more venom into the tissue prior to removal). Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets do not leave a stinger behind and can thereby sting multiple times very quickly.
Pets can be given Benadryl at a dose of 1 mg per pound (. Be sure not to use sweetened children's Benadryl as it may be sweetened with the artificial sweetener "Xylitol" which is toxic to pets. AND make sure you do not use anti-histamines combined with Decongestants which are also toxic. Pets under 10 lbs could take 1/2 of a children's 12.5 mg dose. Pets 10 - 20 lbs can take a full children's 12.5 mg dose. Dogs weighing 20 - 45 pounds can take a standard 25 mg dose and all dogs over 45 pounds can safely take 50 mg orally. The 50 mg dose should not be exceeded but can be given every 12 hours for up to 3 doses.
While Benadryl is handy and helpful, it may not relieve all the discomfort. Sometimes adding a cold compress using an ice pack or frozen vegetables may help as well. will small pets and especially with multiple stings, some venom victims might need prescription strength pain and anti-inflammatory medications.
Spider bites are a completely different problem as their venom is much more damaging to the local tissue and can cause illness of the entire body as well. When faced with a Black Widow or Brown Recluse bite, the sooner you get professional medical attention, the better.
Let us help you take the sting out of insect encounters, call our office today.