Ask-a-Vet: Question and Answer
Age: 6.0 years
Weight: 28.0 pounds
6/7/2012 4:19:45 PM
Tuesday morning around 8am I was out walking my dog. She was sniffing around a neighbors lawn which had a lot of clover in it. She gave a tiny yelp and I saw a bee/wasp fly away from her. We continued our walk without any problems. about 10 minutes after getting home her leg swelled up. I called her vet and he just told me to give benadryl and to book an appoinment should there be any further problems. The swelling has gone down (though not completely). She can stand and walk but she doesn’t seem to want to do either. I have to carry her outside when its time to "go". She refuses any dry food (dry kibble and cookies) and also refuses plain water but eats really watery wet food. She is able to pee no problem but I am still waiting for a poop , she is a champion pooper but she also hasn’t eatten much in the past few days. She has never been stung by anything - wasp or bee - before and I don’t know what is normal and whats not! To make matters worse is that I am on disability support and none of the vets in my area are willing to work with me (ie payment plans). What is normal for insect stings??? How long do symptoms last or for the venom to clear out??? When should I really be worried??? She is, quite litterally, my only friend and I don’t know how to help her! Everyone says give her time but what if time is her enemy?? Help me! Please!
I am a small animal veterinarian in Bloomfield Hills, MI. My interests include small animal dentistry, internal medicine, and soft tissue surgery.