Being nosey dogs like most terriers, ETTs are prone to running foul of the odd bee or wasp!
Some treat them as toys to chase and snap at whilst others grab anything they can to eat; either way a sting is a common summer occurrence so it is best to bee (sorry!) prepared.
Bees leave their sting in their victims, so remove the sting first, using tweezers if possible, trying not to squeeze any more poison into your dog. Then bathe the area with Bi-carbonate of Soda to counteract the acid.
Wasps can sting more than once; so don’t leave their sting behind.
Bath the area with vinegar (wasp stings are alkaline).
What to do if there’s swelling
Most dogs are stung on the face around the lips and nose, also on the front legs and paws, if they hold the wasp down to nibble it!
Know when to call your vet
If a dog is stung inside the mouth or throat, watch carefully, as swelling could block its airways; in which case take to the vet a.s.a.p.
As with people a few dogs are allergic to stings and can react badly and go into anaphylactic shock, which will require very prompt vet treatment.
Treat swelling at home
- Ice packs covered with a towel and placed over the site of the sting will help reduce the swelling.
- Arnica, Rescue Remedy and Apis Mel are commonly used homeopathic remedies for use with stings.
- Anti-histamines can help is your dog is allergic to the sting.
An old film cartridge with some bi-carb, and one with vinegar, plus some anti-histamine tablets taken on outings, or left in the car, can make the insect season happier for both you and your dogs.
If in doubt seek veterinary advice
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The recommendations made in this article do not replace the advice of your veterinary professional. Always exercise your own judgement about whether something is right for your dog and consult your vet if you are unsure. The English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan) club accepts no liability for any situation that may occur as a result of following these recommendations.