Bee Stings

Remove the stinger as soon as possible -if removed within 15 sec severity is much less

Apply a compress made up of a paste of baking soda
Try an antiperspirant if you have no baking soda. Aluminium chlorohydrate reduces the effect of bee venom

Apply cold! Use ice or cool water for 10 to 30 minutes after the sting
An antihistamine such as Benadryl, taken by mouth (Child’s dose for a 20-30 kg dog), can give some added relief and help prevent the reaction from spreading

If you have a cortisone cream lying about the house it can also provide some symptomatic relief

Wasp Stings

Take a cotton ball and apply vinegar (white or apple) or pickle juice to the area -This will reduce swelling

Other over the counter medications that work well are:

  • hydrocortisone 1%
  • benzocaine spray
  • antihistamine creams

If your pet is having a severe reaction (e.g. collapse, breathing difficulties) then see your veterinarian as soon as possible.