Insect Stings and Bite Treatment From Your Montrose Veterinarian
Curious dogs and cats sniffing and exploring backyards may get stung by bees or wasps simply because they aren't paying attention to their surroundings. Although insect stings may not seem as serious an injury as an animal bite, your veterinarian in Montrose, TX warns pet owners that bee and wasp stings may provoke allergic reactions requiring emergency treatment. In addition, all animal bites should be examined by a vet even if the bite is small and does not bleed much. When one animal bites another animal, the transference of oral bacteria into your pet's soft tissues is immediate. Unless the bite is properly sanitized, an infection could set in which seriously impacts your pet's overall health.
Signs of Insect Sting Reactions in Pets
If you notice one or more of the following symptoms affecting your pet, call your veterinarian in Montrose, Texas as soon as possible to schedule an emergency appointment:
- Swelling of the eyelids, ears or lips
- Facial swelling
- Difficulty breathing/wheezing
- Outbreak of hives
- Weak pulse/rapid heartbeat
If your pet suffers an allergic reaction to insect stings, your Montrose vet will administer Benadryl or another antihistamine to counteract an abnormal immune system response, reduce soft tissue swelling and ease your pet's breathing problems.
Confrontations among dogs, cats, raccoons, opossums, and snakes often result in one or more animals suffering an animal bite. In addition to worrying about infections and snake poisoning, pet owners need to be concerned about rabid wild animals spreading rabies to their pets. You can prevent your pet from suffering rabies by getting your pet vaccinated at your Houston, Texas animal hospital.
Animal bites are puncture wounds requiring deep cleaning and treatment by your emergency vet. In some cases, puncture wounds may require stitches if the skin is torn away from the puncture.
Treating Insect Stings at Home
If your pet is stung but doesn't present signs of an allergic reaction you can put aloe vera gel on the sting to soothe burning and pain. Applying baking soda paste made with a little water on healing stings or sores can help heal the sting. Hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotions reduce the itchiness and irritation of stings.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Montrose Veterinarian
Remove stingers the way you remove splinters. If you don't want to or cannot remove an insect stinger because your pet is in pain, contact us to make an appointment by calling (713) 597-3010. Our Houston, TX animal hospital also offers spay and neuter services as well as pet boarding accommodations for dogs and cats.