Treating Summer Insect Bites

Have you been spending a
lot of time outdoors with your pet?  Whether
you take a trip to the park, beach, or stay in your own backyard, your pet can
still be exposed to a number of insects and allergens.  Here are a few signs and symptoms to help you
recognize and respond to an insect bite or sting this summer.
  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Licking a certain area extensively
  • Hives surrounding the affected area
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Redness

If your pet is
experiencing any of these symptoms, inspect your pet for bites or stings.
  If you do find a small stinger, do not
attempt to pick it out.
  Instead, brush
the stinger with a firm object, like a credit card.

Once the stinger is
removed, make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the affected
  Always bring your pet into our
office to make sure that there are not additional issues.
  We may recommend an over-the-counter

more tips on how to manage common summer ailments, check out this 
article.  You can also contact our office with any
questions you have regarding your pet’s health.

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