If you are like me you love your dog as if it was an intricate part of your family. And when your beautiful dog suffers pain from bug bites and stings you want to relieve that suffering as quickly as possible. However, you also know that a visit to the vet, to help sooth bug bites and stings, can cost you upwards of a $100 or more by the time you pay for the visit and the medicine. Frankly, you don’t have to pay that kind of money to help your dog or any pet that is suffering from bug bites and stings.
The tips you will find below are inexpensive and the chances are you will already have some of the ingrediantes in your medicine cabinate or in your kitchen. I have used everyone of these over many years to treat my dogs. And the good thing is I’m still using them today to treat my ‘best friend’ Princess when she has bug bites and stings.
This first tip is one you may have never even considered or even thought about it:
Meat Tenderizer. Yep! You heard right. All you have to do is pour the meat tenderizer into the bowl and then add water. Once it has thickened into a paste simply apply it directly to the sting or bite. There is a good chance your dog will experience almost instant relief. The really cool thing is you can reapply it if needed, without worrying about it may harm your pet.
2nd Tip: Chances are this one is going to shock you, but again it works. Try dabbing ammonia directly to the bite or sting with a cotton ball. However make sure not to apply around the nose and eyes of your ‘Fido’. Also if your animal has extra sensitive skin it’s a good idea not too use it to smooth bug bites and stings.
The 3rd tip I have for you is absolutely one of my faorites, too smooth bug bites and stings and I have to tell you Princess loves it. I apply aloe vera gel, from a aloa vera leaf, when I can get my hands on it. But for a backup I keep a aloa vera gel that I get from my local drug store. Again it’s a simple matter of applying the gel directly onto the bite. The results are almost instatanous. Not only does it work good on my dog, I use it on myself for mosquito bits and the occassional wasp sting.
Now this tip is one that will reduce the swelling and itching right away. However, it may require some patience on your part and on your dogs (any pet) part. If it’s a sting search the area where your dog is biting and scratching. There is a good chance the stinger may still be imbedded in the skin of your precious pet. Once you find it and remove it then you can apply some healing gel or even bathe it with a cold cloth.
Speaking of a cold cloth this is going to be my last tip to you. Try putting several pieces of ice into a wash cloth and hold directly on the sting or bite. Just like you, your animal will find it will smooth bug bites and stings.
If your wondering if these tips are safe for your dog when your trying to relieve the pain and itching, check with your local vet. Or you can do a search on the internet and find where they are perfectly safe. These smooth bug bites and stings tips are not the only ones out there. It may pay you to find out about others.