Identified by: Red bump with possibility of allergic reaction which would cause the skin to be swollen or inflamed, or even cause breathing difficulties. Most bee stings occur around the paws or muzzle.
Treatment: Remove the stinger by scraping it out with a fingernail or credit card (tweezers can insert more venom). Clean the wound with a water/baking soda paste, and treat with appropriate medications (ask your vet what is best). For allergic reactions, call your vet. They may recommend an antihistamine.
Identified by: The jumping flea party your dog is hosting on its back, belly, neck, or tail. Infestations most commonly occur around the dog’s rump.
Treatment: A flea bath is good start, but prevention is key, so find a topical treatment that suits your needs.
Identified by: Itchy, red, swollen spots on the skin.
Treatment: Remedy with anti-itch treatments such as milk of magnesia, calamine lotion, regular oatmeal, or hydrocortisone.
Identified by: Puncture wounds, bleeding, bruising, pain, and swelling, usually on the dog’s head or neck. The shape of the bite can help determine if the snake is poisonous or not, but it’s best to get a good look at the offending party if possible. A clue for a non-venomous bite is teeth marks in the shape of a horseshoe. Poisonous varieties make fang marks.
Treatment: If a poisonous snake has bitten your dog, try to restrict the dog’s movement to slow the spread of venom, and call a veterinarian immediately.
Identified by: Pain and swelling in the bitten area. If your dog develops intense excitability, fever, weakness, or muscle and joint pains, seek veterinarian assistance, as a brown recluse or black widow may have bitten them.
Treatment: Luckily, most spiders in North America are not poisonous, but two exceptions are the black widow and the brown recluse. If your dog has been sniffing in dark areas, wood piles, sheds, or a dog house, you may want to get it checked out by a vet, as this can be very serious.
Identified by: Itchy, red swollen spots on the skin.
Treatment: Remove the tick. Prevention is key, so find a topical treatment that suits your needs.