It’s mid-August and the wasp season is upon us. It’s a very stressful time for us, since 3 years ago we almost lost Rocco to a bee sting. It was a bee rather than a wasp – I found the stinger lodged in his tongue – nevertheless, we are always on high alert this time of the year, trying to make sure Rocco doesn’t suffer another anaphylactic shock.
Unfortunately, couple of days ago, Rocco was stung by a wasp. It was in a park across town and after hours, so we weren’t able to rely on our vet. I was relieved to see that his lip had begun to swell, funny thing to say, but at least I knew that he didn’t get stung in the tongue. I gave him one Benadryl and we drove to the animal emergency clinic where we sat in the parking lot waiting to see if the Benadryl will be enough or if we will need extra help.
Ever since his accident we always carry an epi-pen and Benadryl. It gets a bit tricky, because Benadryl can potentially trigger seizures in epileptic dogs, so we also use a homeopathic remedy to cut back on Benadryl. Luckily, this time it ended in a swollen lip that went down very quickly with just one Benadryl.
Three years ago we learned a very important lesson: always think of the worst case scenario and always be prepared – it could save your dog’s life! And since it’s wasp season, look into a first aid kit that may help you help your pet should they have an allergic reaction. Consult with your vet and see what would be the best anti-histamine for your pet and carry it with you “just in case”.