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What to Do About Stings, Bites, and Allergic Reactions To Your Pet

What to Do About Stings, Bites, and Allergic Reactions

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Nobody enjoys a painful, annoying bee sting or bug bite -- and the prospect of snakebite can be downright terrifying. Pets are arguably even more at risk for such injuries than their human owners, if only because they spend more time exploring these outdoor environments where these creatures thrive. Unfortunately, these stings and bites can cause serious problems, from the effects of venom to allergic reactions. Let's take a closer look at these threats to your pets well-being, and how our team at Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital can help your pet recover.

The Painful World of Stings and Bites

Flea and tick bites are probably the most common pest attacks on pets. These small parasites bite the animal's skin to suck blood for nourishment. Their bites often cause inflammation and itching. As your pet scratches/bites/licks the irritated area, you may see skin damage occurring -- a possible doorway to bacterial infection. Fleas and ticks also transmit deadly diseases, making them a scourge to be prevented. But pets can also suffer ant bites, wasp and bee stings, and spider bites. Most such bites cause an hour or so of pain and inflammation. Most spider bites don't even penetrate the skin -- but the ones that do, such as black widow spider bites, can expose your pet to venom. These bites may cause significant facial swelling which can even inhibit breathing.

Both venomous and non-venomous snakes can bite pets, and you may not know the difference between species. If you kill the snake that bit your pet, bring it with you to our vet clinic for identification. A venomous bite is especially dangerous if it's located near the heart or other vital organs, as opposed to the limbs or head. Some types of venom impair respiration, while others destroy tissues, organs and red blood cells.

Is Your Pet Having an Allergic Reaction?

Many people have allergic reactions to insect stings or bites -- and so do their pets, so it pays to know what to look for and how to respond. Mild allergic reactions may cause only fatigue, sluggishness, and elevated temperature. Moderate allergic reactions are often characterized by itching, swollen hives on the skin. A severe allergic reaction may cause such alarming symptoms as diarrhea, vomiting, staggering, and blockage of the airway, an emergency situation known as anaphylaxis.

Bring Your Pet to Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital

Duarte Azusa Animal Hospital is always ready to help your stung or bitten pet. In addition to relieving the immediate pain and swelling, we can also eliminate pests such as fleas and ticks, providing preventative medications to keep them at arm's length. Swelling, pain, and many allergy symptoms can be treated with medications such as antihistamines and steroids. We can also administer antivenin and other emergency treatments that may save your pet's life in snakebite cases. Call 626-346-2992 with any questions or to request our emergency services!

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