|Getting stung on the eve of her adoptoversary; not fair.|
The season of the bloodsuckers is almost over but other bugs have cropped up.
We found one bald-faced hornet nest on our walk into the woods where we couldn't have gone until the mosquitoes and deer flies got better. It was large, undisturbed until now. Fortunately, this one was hanging on a tree, as it's supposed to, readily visible so we could avoid it.
But not all these buggers play by the rules.
|Bald-faced hornet nest. Image BugGuide|
On Sunday evening, I took Cookie for our walk-about, as we do at the end of each day; checking on rodent activity around the house. I thought we walked every inch of the place by now, but, apparently, I was wrong. As we were passing a patch of tall grass, Cookie pounced in as she normally does when she detects rodent activity.
She pounced into the tall grass to immediately fly back out of there.
She was shaking her head and started rubbing it against the bush and weeds.
There was no yelp but I could tell she got stung or bit by SOMETHING.
Because I couldn't see anything, and there was no swarming or buzzing, I got worried that it might have been a snake. We see garter snakes and green snakes around here but those are not dangerous.
|Butler's Gartersnake. Photo Reptiles and Amphibians of Ontario|
|Smooth Greensnake. Photo Reptiles and Amphibians of Ontario|
I brought Cookie inside and hubby and I went back out there to see if we could get a better look and maybe snap a photo so we could identify it properly. But when we got there it was gone; clearly it wasn't dead.
We looked up regional snakes and it was most likely a water snake.
|Northern Watersnake. Photo Reptiles and Amphibians of Ontario|
Those aren't dangerous either but because I wasn't completely sure about our identification, we stay away from that area just in case.
There were no sightings of rattle snakes here and the snake didn't sound any warning, even though I got pretty close before I spotted it. Because I am a worry wart, though, I became concerned about the possibility.
|Massasauga Rattle Snakee. Photo Reptiles and Amphibians of Ontario|
When she flew out of that tall grass, I was quite worried.
I immediately took her inside to keep her from further activity. I checked her nose and mouth for evidence of any puncture marks. I couldn't find any, which gave me hope that perhaps it wasn't a snake after all.
The mouth already started to swell a bit. I gave her Benadryl and I left her with hubby to keep an eye on her and went back out, hoping to maybe find out what it could have been that got her.
I knew that if it was a snake I wasn't likely to find it there any more but I had to go and try anyway.
And then, to my relief, I found it - a large bald-faced hornet nest, sitting right in the grass.
It must have been the bald-faced hornet that stung her. They weren't swarming; perfectly happy to go about their business as if nothing happened. It was a miracle and I'm thankful to God that all she got was one sting. Normally, with any disturbance, they swarm and attack in great numbers.
|Bald-faced hornet. Photo Wikipedia|
There is venom in the sting. Enough swelling can cause difficulty breathing. An allergic reaction can cause anaphylactic shock.
I came back in, reporting what I found; hubby is charged with the task of eliminating the nest.
We kept close eye on Cookie, ready to jump into the truck and rush to the emergency vet.
The right side of her muzzle was swollen but she seemed fine otherwise. In couple of hours the swelling started going down and by morning Cookie was as good as new.
I'm very thankful this didn't develop into an emergency situation.
Bald-faced hornets aren't really hornets but belong under the yellowjacket species, so they are technically wasps. Their stingers are not barbed so they can sting multiple times. I didn't find the stinger on Cookie; either the hornet "kept it" or Cookie rubbed it off.
All is well what ends well.
I don't know if Cookie had a chance to learn from this; it all happened very fast and it's not clear whether she was even able to notice what it was that got her. She does seem to have a healthy respect when she sees a bee. So maybe she learned that buzzing things are best left alone. I hope so.
Did your dog ever get stung by a bee or a wasp?
Note: The typical dose of Benadryl for dogs is 1-2 mg per pound of body weight.
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