Are you aware of the potenital for your canine or feline companion to incur injury secondary to being bitten or stung by insects? Bee stings are a common reason why we veterinarians treat patients on an emergency basis and often require combinations of medications to stop a hypersensitivity ("allergic") reaction that can have severe whole body effects.
Bees use a stinger to inflict damage, yet other insects are cable of using mouthparts to pierce the skin to inject venom, draw a blood meal, or generally irritate your pet with a sensation of discomfort. Ants are among the insects that are capable of biting our cats and dogs and creating the need for evaluation and treatment by we veterinarians.
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