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Bee Stings

Bee Stings

Herbal treatments for relief of stings from bees, wasps and other insects on cats and dogs.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body, designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, as well as to provide a multidimensional approach of nutritional factors directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressive or stimulating, but in cases of dysfunction, requires whole body systemic support.

Your pets may love frolicking in the summer grasses, but this can mean exposure to wasps, hornets, biting insects and most commonly, bees. Most bee stings will result in localized pain to the affected area, slight swelling and mild redness. However, depending on the location of the sting (the throat and mouth may result in constriction of the airway) a bee sting may require immediate vet attention.

When the barbed stinger enters your pet’s skin, your pet is likely to yelp at the time of the sting, and you may see your pet rubbing the affected part with their paws, or trying to rub their head on the grass – in an attempt to relieve the pain (a swollen muzzle is usually a clear sign of a sting).

Bee stings can cause severe reactions. Consult your vet immediately if your pet:

Experiences major inflammation (especially extending away from the sting site, in particular, swelling of the head and neck area)

Seems disoriented and lethargic

Has trouble moving or breathing

Shows physical signs of weakness

Is anxious in appearance

Has difficulty swallowing

Exhibits hyperactivity (such as excessive barking, yipping, groaning)

Falls or faints (Bee sting reactions can sometimes mimic seizures)

Even if your pet seems fine, watch him or her carefully for 24 hours. If your pet is swarmed by a number of bees, immediate veterinary attention should be sought. Swelling around the face and throat are particularly of concern as your pet’s throat may swell and respiratory support may need to be administered by a vet. 

If your pet has a severe reaction to a bee sting, an injection of antihistamine, steroid, or adrenaline may be administered to your pet by your vetIn the case of a multiple sting injury, intravenous fluids and other intensive support may be required. Oral medications may be prescribed as a follow-up therapy.

You may notice swelling and redness at the site of the sting, and might be able to see the sting imbedded in the skin and protruding upwards. If you are able to, remove the stinger by scraping the visible portion with a card, fingernail, side of butter knife or other thin object.

Don’t pull on the stinger as this could cause it to break, pushing more venom into the skin. If you cannot see the stinger, leave it alone, it will eventually be shed out with hair. You may also try placing an ice cube on the site for a few minutes to relieve the pain.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies that can help to soothe pain and stinging of the skin, to reduce pain and protect from all types of infections.

Life’s An Itch (learn more) promotes optimal immune response, reduces acute and chronic seasonal allergies and irritations including contact, food, skin, atopic and parasitic allergens, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues, alleviates respiratory congestion, as a bronchodilator and for asthma (used preventatively and at the onset of an asthma attack), for coughs, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, also known as COPD, relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, swelling, inflammation, hair loss, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections.

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, to reduce inflammation, to provide dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, to reduce the histamine trigger for contact allergies, for seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

I Cell-Ebrate Life - (learn more) promotes healthy cell, connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection, standardizes normal cell operation, encourages free radical scavenging of cysts and tumors, provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells, optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength, supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity, for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

Related Products:

I Want Liquid Immunity - (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), promotes cellular health and reduces catabolic waste, and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune responsereduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

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