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    Default A big scare

    So we have this tree that has started to flower, and has a lot of bees all of the sudden. Chopz loves to chase flies, and he decided that bees are also good for chasing. We noticed that, so we roused him a bunch, but we were going to chop the tree down yesterday.

    Anyway, yesterday we were both out in the morning, and came home about lunch. We'd just gotten home and were standing in the shed talking. I noticed Chopz rubbing at his snout, and had a look, and there was a small lump right above his nose. I said to OH, "I think Chopz has been stung".
    I was wondering about getting him some ice or something to soothe it. I looked again, and he was out on the grass vomiting. A lot.

    I was a bit worried, and went to get him some water. I noticed his face was looking a bit puffy. I said to OH "I think we are going to have to take him to the vet". OH was kinda busy, not really paying attention. I picked Chopz up, and noticed that his face was swelling, literally before my eyes. Like, scary. I said to OH: "Drop EVERYTHING. We need to go NOW". This was all in the space of 3-4 minutes, max.

    Chopz was whining, and crying, and rubbing his face. We jumped in the car and headed off to the vet. About half way there, he started to get really lethargic, like he was sleeping. His heart rate slowed, and he went a bit "floppy". OH is now full out speeding. The emergency vets is about 15 minutes from our place. I rang them to say we were coming. I was so worried about his breathing, but he continued to breathe okay, but he was drooling and his nose was running. We were trying to keep him awake.

    Truthfully, we were both absolutely scared sh*tless. It was awful.

    Anyway, we got to the vets and they gave him some steroids and antihistimes. By the time we left, the swelling was going down. The vet said that if anaphylaxis is going to occur, it will normally be in the first 2 or so minutes, but that since he had been stung now, it could be worse the next time. Needless to say, the tree is now gone.

    This was the first time Chopz had been to our vet, because we have only had him three months. When we got there, the girl at the counter dead set asked us if he was a staffy. I didn't think to take any pictures at the time, but that just goes to show how swollen his little head was. You can see what it normally looks like.

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    Chopz is doing much better today. Just some swelling around his lips left.

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    Poor boy! That's so scary! I have had anaphylactic shocks myself and my head swelling well beyond the size of a soccerball. Antihistamins can make very drowsy... he might sleep a lot over the next few days. Since I don't know what exactly I'm reacting to I always carry a pack of antihistamins. Perhaps something you may want to think about as well...

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    Wow I am so glad he is fine. Scary stuff!!

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    Luke got stung last month on the lip. I am thankful he did Not swell up like that. It was swollen (I put up a thread with a couple of pictures) but not as bad as yours thank goodness. How is he today?

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    That would be really scary! Ruby loves chasing and attempting to eat flies too haha
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    Frosty likes to stick her nose up bee butt. Can't seem to tell the difference between them and flies.

    Anyway, I stop her from chasing bees - and she stays inside when I'm not home.

    We've got the occasional European Wasp too - really bad if she decides to go after those.

    Antihistamine is good - you can give a dog a half a zirtec or similar - but you got to get the sting out or it's going to keep getting worse.

    Frosty had a proper roman nose like a bull terrier one time. I thought my dog doesn't look like that. And sure enough there's this little ball on a spike sticking out of her nose. I hate bee stings.

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    Oh, I feel you! Rosie is allergic to bees too... found out the hard way as well. Most dogelts apparently have a natural "natures creature" tolerance for stings like bees and ants - they'll get a lump and localised itching, but nothing their own bodies can't handle - but a few (just like us humans I guess!) are allergic. Steriods/cortisone and antihistamines are the general treatment, and removal of risk factors, are the general rule of thumb. Rosie slept on and off - heavily - for about a week after her AH shot - her eye was still badly swollen after three days - she did look just like a Boxer with a massive shiner, lol!

    Glad the offending tree is now gone... next Summer, use the new outdoot bug auto-sprays around your doglets yard area to keep them at bay. I'm not a great fan of killing bees (as our entire food chain relies on them), but in your case, I think it's probably necessary if Chopz is a bee chaser.

    Glad he is OK, and those ears do look Staffy-esque as first glance {to me}.

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    Oh Chopz.... Glad he is doing ok and what a scare that must have been.

    I wasnt aware you can give a dog zirtec so thank you Hacinth.
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    Thanks for the good thoughts. Chopz is doing well tonight. Only slightly swollen, and a little more subdued than normal. He still wanted dinner and a walk, so I reckon he is feeling pretty good.

    The vet did give me some anithistimines to keep on hand in care (heaven forbid) it should happen again. Thankfully, I think our reasonably barren garden is probably now a bee-free zone. As a vegan, I'm not big on killing bees either. We just had to "rehome" them.

    Here's a photo OH took from yesterday arv. It's about 4 or 5 hours after the "incident" but you can still kinda see the swelling.
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    Scary stuff for you guys..glad he is OK. We have Benadryl at home for things like that.

    Hope he stays away from the bees now
    Pets are forever

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