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Old 22.08.2011, 22:05
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Wasps!

Yesterday we were having lunch in my grandparents' garden, and our dog was happily frolicking around in the grass. Suddenly we heard a piercing yelp of pain, and she began running wildly around, totally panicked.

When we managed to catch her we saw that she had been stung by a wasp on the mouth poor thing was terrified with her swollen muzzle...

Weird thing is, today she was definitely unwell. She spent her days hiding in corners and under furniture. Her mouth is not swollen anymore, but she really looks under the weather.

She's quite a small dog, only 4.5 kg, do you think a wasp sting can be somewhat poisonous????
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Old 22.08.2011, 22:08
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Re: Wasps!

Paracelsus said (to paraphrase), "All things are poison; it is only the dose that is lethal."

We saw in another example where a grown adult human fainted from a wasp sting. Your 4.5kg dog is also feeling some effects. IN both cases, only the individual wasps know the dose that was delivered.

If your dog is hiding then it is probably in pain and wants to be left alone. It doesn't mean you should leave it alone though. If it was my dog, I would take him to a vet for safe measure.
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Re: Wasps!

The same thing happened last week here with one of our cats. I suddenly heard a frightened "meeyaw!" and he ran out of the living room and hid under our bed in the bedroom. There he stayed for 10 minutes or so, and then came out, but still in a bit of a shock.

I think he was bitten in somewhere in or outside her mouth because she was swallowing and stroke her head with her paw, as to wipe the pain away. But I couldn't find any swellings. I found the wasp on the ground which was still alive and it was quite small, so maybe that was his luck. I just kept an eye on my cat for the rest of the evening and the next day he was his old self again.
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Re: Wasps!

How is your doglet today, Mélusine?

FYI, here is a good article on first aid for insect bites, including bee and wasp stings:

http://www.peteducation.com/article....+1681&aid=2393

When in doubt - for insect bites as well as everything else - I call my vet for advise. He can usually tell from symptoms present whether I need to bring my dog in for treatment, or not. If you have any concerns, call the vet.

(With excessive or generalized swelling, anytime swelling affects breathing, or in case of anaphylatic shock one should see the vet.)

Hope the little one is feeling better.
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Re: Wasps!

She feels better today, thanks. But she's somewhat scared of the grass now. I think she didn't really understand what hit her, and she somehow associated it with the grass, hence her reluctance to go in it again.

I'll bribe her with food to make her realize grass is ok and not dangerous.
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Re: Wasps!

Glad the pooch is feeling better :-)

Apparently animals can have an allergic reaction to wasp stings just like humans. I used to swat at those darn things (what I call yellow jackets) until I read that if I end up killing one, it could send a signal to the hive to send an army to attack me. They army would be able to pick up the pheromone of their beloved deceased on my hand, clothing etc and there would be no "innocent til proven guilty"

They're especially aggressive late summer searching for food - if one approaches, just stand still and they'll get bored and leave
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