In summer you and your dog are out and about a lot - as are countless insects. If you have a wasp sting, you can give your four-legged friend first aid to relieve pain and avoid complications.
Wasp stings in dogs: Painful, but mostly harmless
As with humans, the same applies to dogs: wasp stings are painful, but in most cases harmless. Dogs often react to the sting with a startled whine and restlessness. Unlike bees, wasps can stab several times, so their stings usually do not remain in the dog's skin. If you find a sting, it should of course be removed as soon as possible. In this case, it is most likely not a wasp sting.
In a wasp sting, the insect releases poison that causes swelling of the skin. Therefore, first aid should primarily focus on containing the swelling. Cold water or cooling compresses help. As with humans, you can also use home remedies for dogs, for example by placing a cut onion on the puncture site. Special gels from the pharmacy can also relieve swelling.
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When is it necessary to go to the vet?
If your dog has been stuck in the mouth, nose or eye area by a wasp, you should always go to the vet. Because if the mucous membranes swell strongly, it can cause breathlessness. The dog could even choke. But you should also be vigilant with other parts of the body: If the swelling around the sting increases, the skin becomes very hot or wheals develop, this can indicate an allergic reaction of your dog. You should have this checked by a veterinarian quickly.