Bee Season Is Here: Puppy With Swollen Face

Bee season is here!  Poor little Ginger was fine when her owners left to run errands.  When they returned, her face was swollen and she could barely open her eyes.  They raced her into the clinic for care.  Thanks to their quick action, Ginger made a complete recovery. 

Although we don’t know exactly what Ginger reacted to, I suspect it was an insect bite.  Bees and ants are extremely active during July and August.  That’s when I see dogs like Ginger come into the clinic with swollen faces.  This is also what can happen in an allergic reaction to anything including medicine, cleaning products and vaccines.  I recommend that all dog owners stock an antihistamine like Benadryl in their medicine cabinet.  Contact your veterinarian for the proper dosing instructions.  Carry some with you on vacation.  My dog Buddy likes to catch bees in his mouth – he is not always the brightest bulb on the tree but I love him!  I send some Benadryl with instructions when he stays at the pet resort.  

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.