Dogs naturally are inquisitive, and when taken out for a run it is quite possible for them to disturb insects and become the object of the insect’s fury.
A sting, especially on a part of the body unprotected by hair, excites a dog, and often causes convulsions and the animal to succumb. Should convulsions occur not a great deal can be done.
The best treatment is the administration of chloral hydrate and of bromide of ammonia, dispensed by a chemist according to the weight of the patient.
The dog should also be placed in a hot bath, containing ordinary washing soda, keeping its body immersed for half an hour. The object is to soothe the system and allay the irritation. Quietness is another point to observe, and a dose of Epsom salts in water sweetened for preference, is also advisable.
Some dogs get into the habit of snapping at flies and grasshoppers. This should be discouraged, because there is a grave risk of a bee or wasp being caught, and the dog’s mouth or throat being badly stung.
The pain is intense, and death may all too easily be caused by suffocation because of the abnormal swelling of the affected parts. If the sting is on the surface no better all-round remedy exists than the ordinary domestic ‘blue-bag’. If the blue is applied freely over the sting relief is much quicker than would otherwise be the case.
Stings react in various ways. If a dog is normally healthy and its blood is in good order, the effect of a sting should not be unduly serious. Overfed or badly nourished dogs obviously are more prone to evil consequences because their systems are already below par and unable to resist the effects.