The official first day of summer is fast approaching, and
chances are you?ve already started spending more time outside with
your dog. Perhaps you?ve started noticing more flowers blooming
too, and with them, more bees buzzing. No one likes getting stung
by a bee, but for most people it?s only an annoyance unless you?re
allergic.Dogs, on the other hand, can suffer serious
from bee stings if they
are stung by multiple bees at once.
So what if your dog is stung by a bee?
There are even cases of dogs dying from multiple bee stings, so
it?s a good idea to know how to keep your dog safe and what you
should do if your dog is ever stung.
Bees vs. Wasps
Both bee and wasp stings can be poisonous to dogs, and if you end
up needing to take your dog to the veterinarian
following a sting, you?ll want to be able to tell the vet just
what type of insect stung your pup.Worker bees are rounder and
smaller than wasps. Worker bees have barbed stingers that are
designed to lodge into the skin, killing the bee when the stinger
detaches from the body.Bumblebees have a ?fuzzy? appearance.
Bumblebees have smooth stingers that can actually sting multiple
times and the bee will not die as a result.Wasps have longer,
smoother bodies. Wasp stingers are not barbed, but they do tend to
be more painful, and if provoked, a wasp may sting multiple
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Avoiding Bee Stings
Here are some useful tips for avoiding bee stings: