Pet Talk - Bee stings

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Veterinarians in the Bryan and College Station area say they are seeing a lot more pets with bee stings coming to emergency rooms.

Stan Sowy with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine says when a pet is stung by a bee, they usually feel pain and discomfort, much like a sting for humans. However, stings can lead to serious issues and even death for some pets, especially if they are stung multiple times.

"The best thing we recommend is keeping a close eye on them. If he or she vomits in the next 5-10 minutes or starts showing weakness and is not acting right, the best thing is for your dog to be seen as soon as possible," Sowy said. Diarrhea is another sign that your pet needs medical attention after being stung.

Sowy says he and other emergency room doctors will usually treat the pets suffering from bee stings with antihistamines, pain medication and connect them to an IV. In serious cases, pets need to be hospitalized.