N Out Natural Insect Repellent
The stings of bees, wasps, yellow jackets and ants all cause
painful swelling at the site of the sting. If stung many times, an animal
could go into shock as a result of absorbing toxins. Rarely, hypersensitivity
reactions develop in dogs that have been stung before (see SKIN: Allergies).
The stings of black widow and Missouri brown spiders, and tarantulas,
also are toxic to animals. The signs are sharp pain at the sting site.
Later the dog can develop chills, fever, labored breathing. Shock can
The stings of centipedes and scorpions cause local reaction and at times
a severe illness. The bites heal slowly.
The bite of a female wood tick rarely can cause a paralysis (see NERVOUS
SYSTEM: Tick Paralysis). Other common insect parasites are discussed
in the SKIN chapter.
Treatment of insect Bites:1. Identify the insect.2. Remove
a stinger when accessible with tweezers. (Only bees leave their stingers
3. Make a paste of baking soda and apply it directly to the sting.
4. Ice packs relieve swelling and pain.
5. Calamine lotion relieves itching.
If there are signs of an acute hypersensitivity or toxic reaction, take
your dog to the veterinarian.
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