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