Insect bites ( including bees) can be a serious problem this time of the year.

I recall one specific event in which my own dog Lewis went on a ‘play date’ with his friend Pearl..

They rolled on top of a Wasp nest- Lewis had bees everywhere.

Our neighbor Evie, who had taken them on the ‘play date’, said that Lewis refused to get back in her car- he was associating the trip with the bees.

She combed through Lewis, removing numerous bees, but wanted me to double check.

I was able to find 3 more of them- still attempting to sting.

Lewis was sore, so I did use some of the following remedies. They may come in handy for you.

This comes from Pet First Aid Secrets:


Usually there is only minor swelling and redness; your pet will be irritated, itchy and a little sore. A small number of pets have allergic reactions. Most reactions are in the form of swelling, sometimes throughout the body (hives). Some reactions are more serious, resulting in anaphylactic shock. You may see difficulty breathing, vomiting, weakness, trembling and collapse.

TREAT THE SWELLING. Most pets only need to be treated for swelling. The most effective treatment is an antihistamine such as Benadryl or chlorpheniramine. The Benadryl dose is 1mg per lb: a 10lb cat can get 10mg or 1 teaspoon of the liquid or ½ of a 25mg tablet. Repeat every 6-8 hours as needed.

REMOVE THE STINGER. If you can see the stinger, remove it. Scrape it free with a blunt knife blade.

COOL IT DOWN. A cold pack or compress will reduce the pain and inflammation. Cover the area with a cold cloth, and place an ice pack of the swollen area (frozen peas work well). Keep it on until the ice starts to warm. If your pet will allow it, repeat this within 1-2 hours.

BAKING SODA. This is one of your grandparents’ home remedies that work. Make a poultice by mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda with just enough water to make a thick paste. Apply this to the bee sting.

CALAMINE LOTION. This works well for both my dog and myself. It can be applied directly to the swollen area. Repeat every 2-3 hours.

P.S. This is ONLY a few of nearly 100 common dog and cat emergencies that you can be prepared to HELP your pet with.

You can grab your copy here:

P.P.S. Lewis is now especially nervous around bees, choosing to go the other way..

He’s a lover – not a fighter 🙂

Heal Your Pets At Home!
Best Wishes,
Dr Andrew Jones