Wasps and bees can sting dogs

Wasps and bees can sting dogs

Dogs seem to be sharp and enthusiastic creatures, as they want to explore the world by sniffing. You may have noticed your furry friend constantly engaging his nose with flowers and roses. Like humans, dogs also find such environments fascinating, and they love to explore the beauty of nature.

However, this strength and enthusiasm to investigate the surrounding area may lead your dog into danger. Your pooch doesn’t know about the bees and wasps that are always ready to sting his nose or head.

As a veterinarian, I’ve treated many dogs who had stings on their mouths, noses, or other body parts such as paws or legs. The article will provide you with thorough detail in this regard, including symptoms and precautions for bee stings.

Is it harmful to my dog if he is stung by a wasp or bee?

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What do you think about being bitten by insects or wasps? It is not problematic or that painful. The same is true for your little furry friend. Insect bites are annoying and sometimes painful for your dog, but they are not harmful to his health. However, the scenario is quite different if a honeybee or wasp bites your dog’s face, paws, or even other body parts. The bee bite does not give your dog mere pain or irritation, but the venom a bee injects inside your dog’s body is quite dangerous as it starts an infection and lasts for many days. There are multiple cases where a dog died due to the sting of several bees at the time.

Besides, nose and mouth, your dog’s paws are also equally vulnerable to sting as they use them to run on even bushy areas. And due to negligence, stings on paws are less likely to get noticed as compared to other areas. That’s why when the owner comes to check his dog’s paws, the condition becomes drastically worse.

Why bee stings are so hazardous?

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The reason behind this poison is the venom sac that remains inside the skin and continues to release more venom so the allergy continues to expand. Yet, removing that sting immediately is the best approach in this regard. So, the venom sac will have no time to spread the poison.

Dogs frequently get bee stings on their noses as a result of sniffing plants. A mouth sting is extremely dangerous because the swelling spreads and blocks the airways, causing your dog to have extreme difficulty breathing.

What should I do if my dog is stung by a bee?

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Consult your veterinarian if your dog is accidentally stung by a bee or other insect. Must keep in mind the following measures;


A honeybee that stings a dog loses its stinger and dies as a result of the attack. The stinger and the small poison sac, which has the appearance of flesh, are all that is left within the dog. On the other hand, wasps or bumblebees can strike repeatedly since their stingers do not detach.

If your pet was stung, locate the stinger. If there is, make an effort to get rid of it by pulling it out with tweezers or scraping it out with a credit card. Avoid applying pressure to the venom sac when removing it to prevent your dog from receiving more venom. Wait until your veterinarian can remove the stinger if you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself.

Use baking soda:

To neutralize the effect of stings on your dog’s body. Apply a paste mixture of baking soda and water to that particular area. This will help in neutralizing the acidic venom.

Cool compress:

Apply a cool compress on the swollen area; this will help cool down the allergy. Moreover, applying a cool compress can constrict the blood vessels, which is beneficial in this case. Because blood flow slows, so the venom does not spread quickly through the body.

How do I protect my dog from being stung by bees?

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When walking your dog outside, be alert for foraging bees on flowers, swarms of bees, and beehives, especially if the region is home to Africanized bees, a more aggressive subspecies of the European honeybee. Additionally, if a dog approaches too closely to wasp nests or yellow jacket tunnels, it might sting numerous times.

A single sting is often not a major concern, but several stings can be fatal and may have long-term effects.

Keep pets away from known nest/hive locations, such as under verandas and houses, in shrubs, barns, and other areas.

Even though being stung by an insect, whether by a dog or a human, is never pleasant, prompt medical attention can minimize the consequences and ensure that your dog can enjoy the great outdoors in safety.

Some frequently asked questions.

What treatment options are there for my dog's bee sting?

As long as your dog has received the all-clear from your veterinarian to take it, administer a dosage of diphenhydramine (for example, Benadryl).

Dogs are often given 1 mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) per pound of body weight (please refer to the warnings when giving your pet Benadryl).

Can a dog be paralyzed by a bee sting?

A dog that had several powerful stings developed ataxia and facial paralysis because the venom of Hymenoptera wasps can directly induce neurotoxicity.

How long does a dog's system retain bee venom?

Most dogs should recover from bee stings in 12 to 24 hours. During that time, notify your veterinarian right away if any new symptoms appear. Some animals need hospitalization and a lot of driving. Dogs that are allergic to bee stings may experience a worse reaction the next time they are stung.

Do I need to visit a veterinarian for my dog's bee sting?

Watch your dog for a few hours if the sting is on the nose, mouth, or head to make sure that any swelling does not obstruct breathing or eating. After a few minutes following the sting, if the swelling sharply worsens, consult a veterinarian right away.

Related Links:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee_sting /By Wikipedia
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasp /By Wikipedia
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee /By Wikipedia
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hymenoptera_training /By Wikipedia


  • https://www.wikihow.com/Treat-a-Dog-for-Bee-Stings /By Wikihow
  • https://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Bee-or-Wasp-Stings /By Wikihow
  • https://www.wikihow.pet/Treat-an-Insect-Bite-on-a-Dog /By Wikihow

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