Dog Stung in the Face by a Bee? What You Need to Do

24 September 2015
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Many dogs are fascinated by insects and will try to chase and bite them. If your dog is like this and has been stung on its face by a bee, you need to take action. When stung by a bee, your dog may use its paw to scratch at the area, whimper, or try to rub its face on the carpet. Below is what you can do to help your dog and how you can prevent it from getting stung again.

Handling the Bee Sting

If you see a little swelling and tenderness where your dog was stung, then your dog is having a mild reaction to the bee sting. In a case like this, you can give your dog a dose of liquid antihistamine. You can find this product at pet stores. Follow the dosage instructions on the medicine bottle, or contact your veterinarian for the right dosage for your dog, which will be based on its weight. Press a cold compress over the area to reduce the swelling.

If the area is very swollen and puffy, your dog is likely having a more severe allergic reaction to the bee sting. This is very dangerous, and you need to get your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible. There is a chance your pet could go into anaphylactic shock, which is life threatening. 

Your veterinarian will give your dog antihistamine injections immediately. They will also likely treat your dog with steroids through an IV to help with the swelling. Your dog may need to stay at the vet's office for a couple of days to ensure it is completely well before you bring it home.

Preventing Bee Stings

You cannot completely prevent your dog from getting stung, but you can do some things to lessen the chances. The main reason a bee flies into your yard is to get pollen from flowers. If you have flowers in your yard that bees love, put a fence around them to keep your pet away. You should also plant red flowers, as bees cannot see the color red.

Some flowers that bees love include these:

  • Butterfly weed
  • Coneflower
  • Bee balm
  • Alyssum
  • Aster
  • Poppies

Flowers that will not attract bees include te:

  • Shasta daisies
  • Orelanders
  • Red salvia
  • Foxglove
  • Zinnias

Keep an antihistamine on hand at all times just in case your dog gets stung again. Ask a veterinarian, like one from Belle River Animal Clinic, if they can prescribe medicine that you can store for this reason.