Dog First Aid - Emergencies (Bites)
We got a PAWsome pocket handbook on Pet First Aid by The National Humane Society and we just had to share it with you! We know how important your pet's health and safety is and we want to make sure you have the information at your finger tips!
We will have the information in individual blogs so it's easy for you to find based on what you need to know!

 In this blog we will discuss spider bites, bee stings, and snake bites. What the symptoms are and the treatment.

Spider Bite/ Bee Sting

Symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Redness & swelling
  • Itching & licking

Treatment:

  • Remove stinger with a firm object. Do not attempt to pull it out with your fingers as you may release more venom.
  • Apply sting relief pad and/or ice pack to reduce the swelling.
  • If your pet has facial swelling or hives, seek veterinary help immediately. If your pet is vomiting or has difficulty breathing, these may be signs of anaphylactic shock (a severe allergic reaction). Seek veterinary help & prepare to perform CPR if heart stops. CPR guide is here.

Snake Bite

Symptoms:

  • Bleeding puncture wound
  • Redness & swelling
  • Pain
  • Twitching & drooling
  • Shock

Treatment:

  • Try to identify the type of snake from a safe distance but do not try to capture the snake.
  • Keep your dog calm and still.
  • Do not try to suck out the venom, or cut open the wound.
  • Do not apply ice or a tourniquet to the area.
  • Flush wound with water.
  • Check for signs of shock.
  • Carry your dog to the car as movement will make the venom travel faster. Seek immediate veterinary help.
November 03, 2021 — Amanda Gyetvay