Dogs are naturally curious animals and love to chase bees and other flying insects around, unaware that they could be stung. In warmer weather, dogs and their owners tend to spend more time outdoors. The number of insects that bite or sting also increases, making the chance of dogs getting stung by a bee much higher. Most bee stings will cause nothing more serious than pain and irritation for the dog. However, there are some situations where bee stings could be more dangerous.


1. Bee Sting vs. Wasp Sting

Unless the sting was witnessed, it's not always clear whether a dog has been stung by a bee or wasp. It's often possible to tell be checking to see if the stinger is still present. Bees have barbs on the end of their stings which are designed to remain lodged in the skin. The stinger is left behind, which kills the bee when it pulls away. Wasps don't leave their stinger behind. This means that a dog could be stung several times by the same wasp.

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