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    Default Worried about bee stings/ respiratory arrest !!!

    Our sweet Meaty has had THREE incidences in his 8 years where something (?)** stung him, and his face swelled quickly, which we all know can lead to the throat closing. Each time, we gave him Benadryl immediately and RUSHED him to the closest emergency vet. Thank God, his throat never completely closed; but the last time, his breathing was becoming so labored, it was SCARY! Unfortunately, the closest ER vet for us is a half-hour away.


    For anybully that's worried about this---I wanted y'all to know that our vet sold us a syringe filled with that steroid they inject for this (sorry, I can't remember the name of it---but it's similar to Epinephrine). Now that the warm weather is here, I am constantly worried about bees (and other
    scary insects!) It kills me that even if they just go outside for a quick potty; their life is in danger.

    The vet told us he lost one of his bulldogs VERY quickly from something similar..... His was stung by a centipede and went into respiratory arrest before they could get him to his office for an injection.

    **all three times, the vets, assistants, and us could NEVER find the actual SITE of the sting, so we really have no idea what stung him?

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    Default Re: Worried about bee stings/ respiratory arrest !!!

    I forgot to say that I also HATE that although they LOVE to be outside, I'm so worried about a bee sting, I've only been letting them out briefly. It's so sad that I'm forcing them to be inside all the time.


    I'm also praying their
    flea/ tick prevention will work as it always has! I keep hearing the ticks are extra bad this year (in the U.S.). The
    other day, my husband had several ticks crawl on his leg---which he brushed off quickly---but one was stuck on his back. Thank goodness we
    pulled it out quickly! But I'm so afraid of the doggies getting them, too!


    If anybully can help me what YOU do, and help me STOP worrying so much, I'd appreciate it!
    Last edited by TooTooMommy; 04-13-2017 at 09:30 PM. Reason: too wordy....needed to edit.....LOL

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    I recall way back my doberman was outside playing and I hear scratching on the door. I go look through the door window and I swear I had to pulse for a second asking myself "is that Gypsy?" He was so stung all over his body he was twice as wide. He went in a red ant's nest. Went to the vet asap and yes gave him a shot immediately.

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    @helsonwheels.....Oh wow, that must've been SO horrible for him, poor guy !!!! And TWICE AS WIDE??? You must've been
    terrified !!! Was he having any breathing issues? How far was the vet? Sooo glad he was okay!!!


    P.S....I never even considered red ants.....oh noooo.....one MORE thing to
    watch out for! GAH !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TooTooMommy View Post
    @helsonwheels.....Oh wow, that must've been SO horrible for him, poor guy !!!! And TWICE AS WIDE??? You must've been
    terrified !!! Was he having any breathing issues? How far was the vet? Sooo glad he was okay!!!


    P.S....I never even considered red ants.....oh noooo.....one MORE thing to
    watch out for! GAH !!
    I swear I didn't recognize him had to do a double take. His breathing was fine go figure. Got home after the vet put him in a cold bath to help the swelling go down. He was fine the next day. Oh yes did get rid of that nest!

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    Default Re: Worried about bee stings/ respiratory arrest !!!

    We had this happen to Banks twice... never able to identify the cause and all we could do was watch for her to show signs of itching or hives.


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    Default Re: Worried about bee stings/ respiratory arrest !!!

    It wouldn't hurt to carry the standard adult Epi-pen 0.3mg for dogs over 45 pounds or Epi-pen junior for dogs 20-45 pounds. If your dog collapses, experiences vomiting, diarrhea or difficulty breathing you give one dose subcutaneously and then bring dog to vet immediately, since this only buys a half hour.

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    Default Re: Worried about bee stings/ respiratory arrest !!!

    But you failed to mention... cainbrake & timber, rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, copperheads, black widows, and brown recluse spiders. We live in a dangerous world.
    The stuff the Vet gave you is good. Keep it handy at all times...especially when you are traveling. I have an Epi pen for myself but never considered carrying just for the dogs. Hmmmm...THANKS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oscarmayer View Post
    But you failed to mention... cainbrake & timber, rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, copperheads, black widows, and brown recluse spiders. We live in a dangerous world
    Arent you lucky you're not living in the Amazon or Australia lol hmmmm kangaroo steak sounds good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    Arent you lucky you're not living in the Amazon or Australia lol hmmmm kangaroo steak sounds good!
    Or Florida


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    Default Re: Worried about bee stings/ respiratory arrest !!!

    The best thing you can do is what you did, give Benedryl as soon as it happens. The liquid will work faster. You can also give a double dose right away too.
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    Default Re: Worried about bee stings/ respiratory arrest !!!

    Thank you, everybully!
    And I didn't realize we could give a DOUBLE dose of Benadryl! I also didn't realize they make Epi
    pens for dogs---I am going to ask our vet !!! Thank you!

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