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Bee and wasp stings usually cause just minor swelling and itching. If you can see the stinger, use a credit card to scrape it out, or pull it out with tweezers. An antihistamine like Benadryl will relieve some of the symptoms, but call your vet to ask how much to give. If you notice any swelling on the face or neck, or hives all over the body, get the animal to the vet right away. This could be a severe anaphylactic reaction -- a definite emergency.

From: First-Aid Tricks for Pet Emergencies WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 25, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 2/25/2018

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "Pet first aid - basic procedures" and "Household Hazards."

ASPCA: "Emergency Care - What Are Some First Aid Treatments I Can Perform on My Dog?;" "Heat Wave Alert: Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets;" and "Pet Care: Animal Poison Control."

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Being prepared in an emergency.”

Pet Poison Helpline.

Sheldon Rubin, DVM, spokesman, American Veterinary Medical Association; author, . Emergency First Aid for Dogs

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "Pet first aid - basic procedures" and "Household Hazards."

ASPCA: "Emergency Care - What Are Some First Aid Treatments I Can Perform on My Dog?;" "Heat Wave Alert: Prevent Heat Stroke in Pets;" and "Pet Care: Animal Poison Control."

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: "Being prepared in an emergency.”

Pet Poison Helpline.

Sheldon Rubin, DVM, spokesman, American Veterinary Medical Association; author, . Emergency First Aid for Dogs

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on February 25, 2018

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