Bites and Stings

Puppies are very curious and want to figure out what's going on in the world. That means they will chase bees, snap at wasps, and stick their nose into spider webs. Bites and stings happen, unfortunately. If your puppy has been stung by a bee, do not grab the stinger to pull it out, that will squeeze more venom into the wound. Instead, scrape the stinger out with a fingernail. Wasps do not usually leave a stinger behind; nor do spiders. The first symptoms of a bite or sting are usually whining or crying, pawing or scratching at the spot, followed by redness. If you see swelling at the site, extreme redness or whiteness, or if it progresses to a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, call your vet. She may recommend you give your puppy an antihistamine. Follow the vet's directions.

Animal bites can be dangerous, too, especially bites from wild animals that could potentially be carrying rabies, such as bats, skunks, raccoons, and foxes. Call your veterinarian right away after a wild animal bite.

The majority of North American snakes are not aggressive and want nothing to do with dogs. Unfortunately, many dogs think snakes are great toys, so they harass the snake until it bites. If the snake is non-venomous, simply clean the wound, apply an antibiotic ointment, and keep an eye on the wound to make sure it doesn't get infected. If the snake is venomous, call your vet's office right away to let them know you're coming and get there as quickly as possible.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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