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2fatcatzzz posted:
This is the time of year that wasps and hornets seem to be out looking for a place to lite! If my cat gets stung by one what do I need to do??
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Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Great question. I think actually dogs seem to get bit more so than cats but reactions would be common in either. Most are simply local reactions that can include swelling (sometimes the whole face because oftentimes it is around the nose where the sting occurs), redness and pain. Sometimes we as owners don't see anything. A cold compress might be helpful but generally tincture of time helps. If you are worried, I would see your veterinarian and they might provide an antihistamine, somtimes even a steroids. However, severe systemic reactions can occur (generally within 10 minutes) that would show up as vomiting/diarrhea and difficulty breathing. That is an emergency situation and the pet should be brought to a vet asap. Sometime there are very delayed reactions and if you pet is sick a few days after a sting with any signs, see your veterinarian.
If you are in an area with lots of stinging bugs, talk to your vet about preventative measures. I would not give your pet benadryl without first okay it (including dose) with your vet.
Great spring question.


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