What to Do if Your Pomeranian is Being Attacked by Bees or Other Stinging Insects
Whether just a single wasp is attacking your dog or your Pom is being swarmed by bees, you should react in the same way since you may have no idea if your puppy or dog is allergic to the venom or how many times a single insect may inject his stinger.
The only real way to help your Pom escape being attacked by bees or other insects is to pick up your Pom and run. Do not try and swat the bug(s) or flail your arms in an attempt to make them go away, since this can be interpreted as an aggressive action that triggers a stronger attack.
Pick up your Pom securely so that he is not jostled and run as quickly as possible.
The main areas that a dog will be stung are those that are not covered with fur; this means that the Pomeranian's face, belly and paws are going to be attacked more than the main body. If possible, tuck your Pomeranian under your shirt and then pull up the top of your shirt over your face while not obscuring your view. While a bee can still sting through clothing, it does offer somewhat of a barrier.
Your goal will be to seek a sheltered area such as a house, building or even your car, though do keep in mind that depending on the size of the swarm that was attacking your Pomeranian, some may follow you inside.
If bees or wasps enter into the house, you can flea to another room and close the door or in some cases, running into the bathroom and jumping into the shower with your Pom can make them fly away. If you can run into a well-lit building, these venomous pests can get temporary confused and be attracted to the windows.
What to Do After Your Pomeranian Has Been Stung
The most important element is to remove the stingers since many types will continue to release venom until they are removed. However, if they are pulled out by fingers or even tweezers, this can also release venom into your dog's bloodstream. The best method is to grab a driver's license or credit card and use a scraping motion over the skin to pull them out.
Since Pomeranian have full and very thick coats of fur, you will need to carefully part the fur in 1/2 inch sections, looking for stingers. Be sure to check all areas of the body including the tail and under the chin.
You may wonder if you need to bring your Pomeranian to the vet if he has only been stung one time. The element to keep in mind with this is that:
- Any puppy or dog can have an allergic reaction to any stinging insect such as wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and bees
- Not having an allergic response in the past does not mean it cannot happen the next time; some dogs may have been okay with one previous sting but will react badly the second time or if stung more often than the first time.
- Even if a Pomeranian has proven to not be allergic to a bee, he may have a response to a wasp and vice-versa. This holds true for just about any bug, though most dogs that are allergic to wasps are also going to react badly to hornets.
- While signs of an allergic attack
can begin almost immediately, it can take up to 45 minutes for symptoms to appear… and if a Pom is indeed allergic, you will want him already at the vet as opposed to waiting and being too late to respond.
Therefore, unless you know for a fact which insect stung your Pomeranian, your dog has a clear history of not being allergic to that venom AND you are positive in knowing how many times your dog was stung, you should bring your Pom to the veterinarian. At the vets, he can be checked for stingers that you may have missed, be treated for the pain if necessary, receive treatment for possible swelling and be given either precautionary allergy medication such as Dexamethasone or be given the reactionary treatment of epinephrine for anaphylactic shock.