In this world of technology, it is not uncommon to find people experimenting with the latest cell phone or computer. These innovations spark a sense of curiosity regardless of age. Our pets have that same eagerness to check out their surroundings.
Puppies and kittens are excited to interact with the world around them. They are especially interested in running, jumping, and playful chasing. The old proverb “curiosity killed the cat” warns of the dangers of unnecessary investigation or experimentation, and Dr. Donato of the Radnor Veterinary Hospital agrees. He explains that puppies and kittens are commonly stung by bees in the summer months as a result of their natural sense of inquisitiveness.
Bees make their nests in a variety of places that can be very attractive to our animals. To protect your pets, it is important to minimize their exposure to these common habitats:
- Flower beds
- Eaves of houses
Puppies enjoy poking their noses into new places and digging holes in the ground, but hornets and wasps may live just under the surface. Since “bee proofing” your yard is a extraordinary task, it is important to know the signs of a bee sting. To some animals a sting may be an annoyance, but like humans, many are allergic. The most common presentation for a bee sting is a swollen face. If you suspect that your pet has been stung by a bee or several bees, contact your veterinarian immediately.
A big thank you to Dr. Donato for helping Braxton’s Animal Works and its customers raise their awareness of summer veterinary emergencies. Check out some of his other summer safety tips here.