Dogs are curious. They love to run and chase things including insects, which in some cases protect themselves by stinging the dog.
Multiple stings are dangerous. Most of the time, an insect sting is just painful and irritating for your dog. Getting stung several times, or stung inside the mouth or throat, is dangerous and requires a trip to the veterinarian.
Bee and wasp stings are poisons. The two most common types of stinging insects are bees and wasps. It’s not the small puncture wound that causes the sting’s pain, but the small amount of poison that is injected.
Most of the time dogs get stung on their faces from investigating a stinging insect too closely. A sting on your dog’s sensitive nose is particularly painful. Some dogs may even get stung on the tongue or inside their mouth or throat if they try to bite or catch an insect. These stings can be dangerous. If the dog is stung many times, he could go into shock as a result of absorbed toxins. Occasionally, anaphylactic shock develops in a dog who has been stung in the past. The subsequent swelling can close your dog’s throat and block its airway.
While it might look funny, we recommend that you watch for allergic reactions before taking pictures of your dog’s swollen face. A severe reaction can be caused by a large number of stings or by an allergic reaction. Signs of a reaction include:
If your dog is having a severe reaction, you need to take the dog to a vet immediately.
A simple sting can be safely left alone. It should be bothersome only temporarily. If a stinger is still present, try to remove it by scraping it with a fingernail, credit card or a rigid piece of cardboard. Avoid using tweezers or forceps to remove it unless absolutely necessary as this may force more venom out of the stinger.
Administer a remedy for the pain. Applying a weak mixture of water and baking soda to the affected area will help reduce the pain or apply calamine lotion. You can also wrap ice or an icepack in a towel and apply it to the wound to reduce swelling and pain.
Maintain a watchful eye on your dog. Observe your dog closely after the sting incident to ensure an allergic reaction doesn’t develop. If several days pass and the swelling doesn’t go down, notify us!
Infestation of Roundworms (Ascarids) is caused by ingestion of roundworm eggs, often through coprophagia (eating feces), ingesting contaminated food or water, eating infected rodents, and by licking surfaces affected with roundworm eggs. They can also be passed down to puppies and kittens from the milk of an infected mother and during embryonic development.
Adult roundworms live inside a host animal and feed off their nutrients in order to grow. Once the worm has matured, it lays eggs which are passed through feces. It is important to note that a heavy burden of worms will result in visible larvae in the stool. Roundworms eggs are very tough and can live in the environment for months to years, surviving through harsh climates until they enter a new host and hatch into larvae. The larvae enter the bloodstream, migrate into the lungs which causes the animal to cough up, swallowing the larvae. The larvae enter the small intestines where they leech off of the hosts food until they mature and begin mating and laying eggs, thus completing the cycle.
"How did my dog get roundworms in the winter? He’s a senior and hardly goes outside!"
We had a client ask this question upon finding spaghetti-like worms in her dogs feces last night. These worms can be identified as Roundworms, a species that infects both cats and dogs as well as humans. In order to answer this question it is important to understand the life cycle of the roundworm.
During the winter months, animals spend more time grooming themselves and by doing so ingest tiny eggs that may be present on their fur or feet from walking on infested areas. Because these eggs can stay dormant for so long, it may be weeks or months before they fully develop. Based on the stage of the eggs or larvae, the time it takes for symptoms to appear can vary.
If your pet goes to the groomers or boarding facilities, there is an increased risk of picking up roundworm eggs.
Symptoms of roundworms include:
- Bloat or a potbellied appearance, especially common in younger animals
- Weight loss
- Abdominal discomfort or whining
Luckily, roundworm infestations are fairly easy to treat. Veterinary clinics carry many different products used for deworming. These medications are harmless to your pets but will kill the parasites in their intestines.
Keep in mind that you may see worms (sometimes lives ones!) pass out of your pet with their stool within 8-48 hours of administering the dewormer. Don’t be alarmed - this just means the medication is working! Your pet may continue to pass dead and/or alive worms for the next couple of days until everything has been cleared out. A second or third dose of deworming is recommended in cases where there is a heavy burden of roundworms and is a good way of making sure all the worms have been eliminated.
We recommend regular deworming!