Dan­ger lurks in the flow­ers

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENVIRONMENT -

Ev­ery breed of cat or dog has its own traits and box­ers are no ex­cep­tion. They al­ways have a real pres­ence about them, maybe be­cause of their smooth-coated mus­cu­lar stature but they are also of­ten very in­quis­i­tive which can get them into trou­ble at times. Ho­race is one such boxer who is lucky to be alive. Ho­race was rushed in to the hos­pi­tal on Satur­day af­ter­noon and car­ried in to the treat­ment room. He couldn’t stand and his gums were as white as pa­per. Luck­ily, Ian had de­cided to go straight home from work at 12 and found him stag­ger­ing around the back yard, and had brought him straight in to us. Af­ter putting an in­tra­venous line in Ho­race’s leg we were able to give him flu­ids at high vol­umes and drugs in­tra­venously. He was in a state of acute shock and very near death. And all this was due to a small bee. Within an hour Ho­race was much brighter and won­der­ing what had hap­pened. Ian now car­ries a sy­ringe with an­ti­his­tamine wher­ever they go in case he gets stung again. Ho­race had had a se­vere re­ac­tion to the venom in the bee sting and like peo­ple, could have died. This type of re­ac­tion isn’t com­mon but does oc­cur and with in­creased fre­quency in some dog breeds (eg box­ers). Sandie, a lit­tle 3-month-old kit­te­nen cameca in with a sore and very swollen front paw im­me­di­ately af­ter squeal­ing when she was play­ing nearr the lavlaven­der bush. Jas­mine was try­ing to swat a noisy lit­tle bee and ended up with the same, but we were able to find the sting un­der her paw and re­move it. Sly, a lit­tle Labrador cross, was no ex­cep­tion, but like un­like cats who try to bat things with their paws, dogs tend to in­ves­ti­gate with their nose. Poor old Sly looked like a sharpei (the re­ally wrinkly dogs). His eyes were lit­tle slits and his muz­zle was swollen to the size of an English bull ter­rier. He had been stung on the nose some­where and the swelling was a re­sult. The bee’s sting is barbed, and when it stings, the venom sac re­mains at­tached to the point. This sac con­tin­ues to con­tract and pumps venom into the vic­tim for sev­eral min­utes af­ter the ini­tial sting. Like the poor pets men­tioned, re­ac­tions can vary and in­clude: • Lo­calised swelling of the legs or paws • Swelling of the face • Mul­ti­ple smaller swellings over the en­tire body • Acute al­ler­gic or ana­phy­lac­tic shock and

col­lapse lead­ing to death Treat­ment varies de­pend­ing on the con­di­tion of the pa­tient but in­cludes an­ti­his­tamines, anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries and flu­ids if nec­es­sary. What to do if you think your furry friend has been stung: • Try to lo­cate the sting and re­move it with tweez­ers

(the sting is usu­ally im­pos­si­ble to find) • Ap­ply a cold pack or damp tow­elel to hehelp re­lieve

the swelling and dis­com­fort • If swelling de­vel­ops in thee nextnex the hos­pi­tal im­me­di­ately (es­pe­cially if swelling de­vel­opsvelops aroundd theth headd or over the en­tire body) • Con­tact the hos­pi­tal if the dog is a

short-faced breed (eg boxer, bull­dog etc) Re­mem­ber if you need us we are here till 7pm Mon­day to Fri­day and open Satur­day and Sun­day as well as a phone call away 24/ 7 on 357 9993.

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