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First aid for cats with bee stings

That bee was mean
Karla Kirby

You try very hard to keep your cat safe and healthy, but unexpected accidents can still happen.

First Aid is the care made available to a sick or injured cat until professional help is possible. True, First Aid does not take the place of good veterinary treatment, but when used correctly, it could make all the difference in the world for both you and your cat.

It’s imperative to be prepared for an emergency before one arises. Know First Aid instructions ahead of time, have a first aid kit ready, and keep important phone numbers handy. Learn how your veterinarian handles urgent care, above all after hours. Some veterinarians are accessible to meet you at the hospital if you call after closing; others refer directly to a local emergency hospital. It’s always wise to know the name and location of the local 24-hour emergency hospital wherever you/ Always call ahead before your dash to the vet hospital with your sick or injured feline. This way the staff can prepare or further tutor you as necessary. With a good plan in place, you and your kitty can get the help needed when needed.

With summer just around the corner bee stings are quite common. Any bee sting or insect bite has the latent to cause problems ranging from a minor local reaction such as swelling, itching or pain to a more serious one like facial swelling, hives, vomiting, trouble breathing, and in infrequent cases, collapse.

If the stinger can be found, graze the corner of a credit card or a fingernail along the entry site to brush it out.

Apply ice or a cool compress to the wound for 2-3 minutes if you can. A paste solution made of water and baking soda is non-toxic and may neutralize the sting. Keep an eye on your pet for facial swelling, difficult breathing, hives, or collapse. If these take place, consult your veterinarian immediately.

Never use tweezers to seize and pull the stinger, because this can discharge more venom into the wound. Do not use human medications such as pain killers or an anti-inflammatory. Most are poisonous to cats.

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