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bee stings and puppies: when wasps aren’t bad enough

13 August 2011

Forget about how rating downgrades and stock market tumbles imperil your personal finances. If you really want to see your personal fortune decline, get a Great Dane puppy that’s allergic to bee and wasp stings.

I thought the first “Great Dane puppy bitten by wasp” incident was a one-off. I mentally filed it back in late-June in the category of “could but probably unlikely to recur in 2011.” I was wrong. It happened again this week. Our bank account is now $116 thinner. It dropped $227 the first time.

Our Luna had another tussle with a flying predator yesterday afternoon. She, again, came out on the losing end. This time, it was a bee. She was outside, in the second hour of working on her tan, when she moved over to the lawn and started an argument with a bee from a hive crew that was working over our Japanese maple tree.

It’s All About Respect

Great Dane Puppy Before Bee Sting

great dane puppy relaxes before seeking respect among local bee population

The event mirrored those tragic parking lot incidents you read about on CNN where two people (usually males who confuse self-esteem with aggression and violence) argue over an open parking spot until one shoots the other in the name of respect.

Luna may feel she’s earned some respect from the local bee population by confronting one of its own but I really don’t care. We’re $116 poorer and I really, really doubt that our puppy has learned anything.

Maybe she has. Maybe Pavlov’s behavioral change theories will kick in and she’ll recognize bees and wasps as dangerous airborne drones that she needs to avoid so we can avoid “bee stings puppy” or “wasp bites dog” incidents that cause our puppy and our checking account such discomfort. But then, maybe she is incapable of recognizing cause-and-effect situations initiated with small insects that are difficult to see on sunny days.

What to do When a Bee Stings a Puppy

MW entered the house, announcing that she thought Luna may have been bitten by a bee. She’d picked up the suspect and saw that it still had its stinger attached. That was a hopeful sign.

Unfortunately, we then walked outside to find Luna eating grass as enthusiastically as any sheep or Guernsey cow. Great mouthfuls as if she’d suddenly morphed from a content omnivore into a famished herbivore. I could hear the grass tearing as she continued.

A thin line of white foam appeared below her ample lips. (This could have simply come the clumps of grass she was trying to swallow). She unsuccessfully tried numerous times to throw up. These were not hopeful signs.

Bee/Wasp Sting, Vet Visit, Injection, Payment…(repeat)

With the evidence indicating that she probably had been bitten, we brought her into the kitchen where MW slipped four 25 mg Benadryl pills into some cream cheese. Great Danes loves cream cheese! A quick call to TGV and Luna went off in the car.

Two-and-a-half hours later, Luna returned home. She’d received a steroid injection upon arrival and was kept in an observation room in order to increase the bill. (Okay, maybe that’s the cynic in me, but her face wasn’t even swollen when MW left the house). MW reported that when she was at the vet, it swelled a little bit but nothing to otherwise mar her beauty or detract from a family portrait. So she got the shot, got some R&R in a harshly lit room, and we got a three-figure bill.

We also got another unsatisfactory explanation why vets don’t sell steroid injections so dog owners like us can save a trip, a short-term just-for-observation stay, and everything else that makes what should be simple post-sting treatment at home into a revenue stream that can pay for a vet’s vacation home.

Looking to Mexican Pharmacies for Help

I’m going to look to Mexico and its booming pharmaceutical industry to see if we can import some veterinary products because I have a feeling (and now the proof) that this will be a recurring event every summer.

Ready to Celebrate the Decline in the Honey Bee Population

I’m also going to see about eradicating bees from the garden. Toxin-lover Monsanto has got to have something available in its product line.

I know the decline in the honeybee population has California biologists very concerned but I just don’t care. If we can reduce our garden’s bee population by 90% come October, I’ll be happy and, most likely, carrying a slightly larger checking account balance.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Cassie's Mom permalink
    19 November 2011 4:10 pm

    Well at least she is not allergic to grass like Cassandra is. Her paws get beet red if she is repeatedly exposed to grass. She also looses her hair in small blotches on her back. Poor thing itches like crazy so she too is on the Benedryl.
    We have fenced off the grass but she is well versed at jumping over it by now so it has bee dificutl to control her symptons. So we are now looking into removing the grass and replacing it with either rubber tiles or fake grass. Talk about $$$.

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