Tonight scared the living daylights out of me.

I went outside after Peiko was making quite a fuss at the glass door, so I decided to let him go out, it didn't take me long to find out why, it turns out he was dead set on a grounded possibly dying wasp. And he went after it, he quickly backed away and started rolling his nose in the grass. I was fairly certain that he was stung somewhere on the nose.

Unlike my other puppy who is not even 4 pounds was stung by one and had melt down, but there was no swelling on her. He was not as vocal about it, so there was a sense of doubt that he may not have been stung.

I have him come inside and I look at both of his nostrils to see if one was misshapen, and it looked fine. I checked again about a minute later and still nothing quite outstanding. So I continue my work and about five minutes pass and I see him staring out the window again, he turns and looks at me and half his nose was swollen, and boy did I panic.

A fumbled quick call the the vet and some erratic research and now I am here typing this blog and wondering what experiences some of you people have had with your dog(s) not coexisting well with a bee or wasp.


I have posted some pictures of his swelling, and am hoping some of you will share some of your experiences.

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Comment by Aric Michel Cramer on October 17, 2012 at 2:49pm

I was told to give 25mg three times a day till it is gone by my bet. I have also heard to do it twice a day as well from other websites.

Comment by John Wolff on October 16, 2012 at 6:58pm

Wasps get aggressive in autumn because they are starving -- no caterpillars to eat.  Individuals react quite differently to stings.  I get a quarter-sized swelling that's gone in 2 hours.  Al got into a ground nest last year, Lori was brushing wasps out of his fur.  He must have been stung, but maybe the thick fur is a barrier.

Does anybody know the right dosage for Benadryl?  I believe it's a fairly benign antihistamine.

Comment by Zigward & Kimberly on October 16, 2012 at 3:36am

On her LIP. Excuse me xD

Comment by Zigward & Kimberly on October 16, 2012 at 3:36am

I remember my grandpa's dog once managed to catch one in her mouth... She got stung on her life and it swelled up to the size of a golf ball! (She's a daschund mix and pretty small, so that was really big..) I don't remember much about the healing process, I was really young, but she was perfectly a-okay :)

Comment by Aric Michel Cramer on October 16, 2012 at 12:03am

After I gave him some benadryl it only took a few hours but he looks so much better now. I am glad he is ok, and that everyone else's pups did fine afterwords as well.

Comment by Jane Christensen on October 15, 2012 at 11:37pm

Benadryl to the rescue...I've had Sage and a couple others start swelling from wasp bites. They must be fun to chase? Don't know but I always worry about them.

Comment by Tami Martinez on October 15, 2012 at 9:04pm
We have had 2 scares with wasps. It seems lie they are really bad this year. After the first scare our vet suggested benedryl. So now I just keep some in our cupboard for emergency. The second time with my older corgi mix (12 yrs) it took about 2 days for him to start looking and feeling better.....after really looking we think he was stung multiple times at least 3 times. I hope peiko feels better soon.

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