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When your dog`s stung by a bee on the mouth, after you remove the stinger, you`ll want to clean the area of the mouth that was stung and rinse your dog`s mouth with water and something acidic. You can even make a baking soda paste to add to the sting.
Biting or scratching the site of the sting. Drooling. Pawing at their face or mouth. Swelling, heat and redness of the area.
Some dogs who experience moderate to severe reactions to bee stings become very restless. They may pace, pant, and be unable to get comfortable. This is usually associated with trouble breathing, but it may also be a result of pain and swelling throughout the body.
Plumb`s Veterinary Drug Handbook recommends giving a standard dosage of 25 milligrams for a 25-pound dog two to three times per day. As a general rule of thumb, use 1 milligram per pound of your dog`s body weight. For example, a 50-pound dog would be given two 25 milligram tablets.
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It could also be that they spend too much time together. Imagine spending 100% of your time with somebody, day in and out, doing everything together… including going to the bathroom.. that might bother anybody. I think you should give them more time apart from each other. Take them all on separate walks, separate them to play with them individually, separate them when you take them to potty, separate feeding times in separate rooms, etc. This can help alleviate the stress your older dog is feeling due to living closely with other dogs. You should always be giving individual activities in a houseful of dogs anyway.. when you expect them to get along 100% of the time, that’s when you find trouble.
Now that I have spoken in depth about flea allergy, there is a potential that it is something else. Food allergies are slow to develop, and slow to change. If you wanted to eliminate a potential food allergy I would switch to a novel protein, limited ingredient diet. For example, lamb as the protein source if your previous food was always chicken or beef, and in a formula with very limited ingredients such as lamb, rice and veggies. A pet store should be able to help you with this. While on this diet they cannot have any additional treats for 1 month, to see if you have eliminated the allergy. From an Eastern Medical perspective, I also recommend novel proteins that are “cool”, such as fish, lamb, or duck while avoiding “warm” foods such as beef, chicken, pork.
Finally, all animals with allergies should be on an Omega 3 supplement. Given regularly, this can help reduce overall inflammation in the body both in the skin, joints, and other tissues. Good for allergies, arthritis and overall health. My dogs are on fish oils, but one of my dogs who is allergic to fish gets flax oil instead. I would be happy to consult with you further, but I hope this helps to some degree.
If he only ate a couple, without any chocolate in it, i would advise monitoring his appetite, vomiting and diarrhea (it could be normal if has those 1-2 times but not more). if he doesn’t seem himself take him to the vet, otherwise the plastic papers will probably pass in the poo.
If it’s not fleas, and steroids didn’t help AT ALL (and I put that in caps because sometimes there are allergies that don’t completely resolve with steroids alone) then I’d consider a biopsy of the site to see if she has something unusual like cyclic flank alopecia, which responds to melatonin treatment.
It’s possible that your cat had fleas at one point and unfortunately now has an allergy to fleas. Cats with this problem will react significantly to even one flea bite, because of the allergy. So not only must the cat be continually protected against fleas (with a monthly product to repel them) we must also manage the allergic disease. This means immuno-suppression like she’s already gotten in the form of a steroid shot. Under almost 99% of circumstances I don’t recommend these long-acting steroid shots due to severe side effects with chronic use. There are many other safer alternatives in the form of oral medications that can be used.
She could also have allergies to something other than fleas – something in the environment or something in her food. It’s worth trying a trial of a hypoallergenic food in order to see if the condition improves.
If a food trial fails, and if managing the disease as if she was allergic ultimately doesn’t provide complete relief, then the area needs to by biopsied in order to obtain an exact diagnosis, and treat appropriately.
If the pus is really bad, and continues to get worse, see your vet again and let them know what’s going on. Maybe you could try a diet change, and then see if there are any improvements.
Remember, you should always gradually change a dogs diet. By gradually, I mean you put a tiny bit of new kibble in with a bowl of the old kibble. Reduce the old kibble by just a few bits of kibble. Throughout the course of at least two weeks (or as long as you want depending on whether or not you want to finish off the old food) you slowly add more of the new kibble while removing some of the old kibble. This makes the process gradual, and won’t cause any tummy-upset in your dog.