Scorpions And Pets – What To Do When Your Pet Is Stung
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It may sound comforting that not all scorpions are fatally venomous, but you must never take a scorpion sting lightly. Scorpion venom contains digestive enzymes that can inflict extreme pain just like a bee sting and there are only certain types of scorpions that can cause significant harm to your health. Nevertheless, it is still essential to be aware of the danger that scorpions poses inside and outside of your home. Always remember that scorpions not only stings humans, but pets too and as a matter of fact, pets are often victims of scorpions stings in certain parts of the country where scorpions are common. The effects of scorpion stings will vary according to the size of your pet and if immediate treatment is not sought in severe cases, stung pets may not be able to survive.
What You Need To Watch Out For
It is easier to decide on what to do the moment you see a scorpion sting your pet, but in situations where you have no idea as to what your pet may be whining about, you need to watch out for these symptoms -
- Localized pain
- Behavioral abnormalities
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Dilated pupils
- Constant defecating and urinating
Any signs of respiratory collapse, hypertension or heart rhythm abnormalities can lead to death, so immediate medical attention must be sought.
First Aid Treatments
There is no home care treatment for scorpion stings, but the stinger left on the skin must be carefully removed to reduce the amount of venom being injected into your pet’s body. You can also apply first aid until your pet is brought to the vet.
- Apply a cold pack on the stung area to reduce swelling, itching and pain and to keep the venom in that affected area only
- You must restrict the movements of your pet to avoid encouraging further circulation of the venom in the blood system
- Fit a cone collar to prevent your pet from chewing or licking the wound
- Make a baking soda paste by combining baking soda and water and apply the paste on the wound to soothe the itchiness and pain
- Give your pet an antihistamine to help with any allergic reactions, pain, itchiness and swelling
Vet Care For Scorpion Stings
The treatment for scorpion stings will be based on the type of scorpion that stung your pet, the amount of venom in the system and your pet’s health, age and size. Most animals are given supportive treatment through pain relief and intravenous fluids to maintain hydration and urine output, then monitored and treated according to the symptoms being exhibited. The treatments are often aimed at muscle spasms, heart rhythm abnormalities and hypertension, as well as pulmonary edema. When the signs of toxicity worsens, aggressive treatments will be given, most especially to treat seizure activity and muscle tremors.
How To Prevent Scorpion Stings
The bets way to prevent your pet from being stung again is by confining your pet to an area in your yard or in your home. Scorpions lie and wait for potential prey in rock piles, trees, swimming pools and other dark cool places so you can never be too sure that your home and yard are safe. As such, it is best to have a pest control professional treat your home and yard to safely control these pests. It is also important to practice regular house and yard cleaning to eliminate any possible food source and shelter that can attract scorpions.
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Valerie Williams is a freelance writer specializing in pet health and natural pest control solutions. She offers information about various health risks, treatments and what can be done to prevent them. Learn more on how to keep your home and garden safe from pests here.