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We begin with news from around the world including the discovery of a giant tortoise on Fernindina Island on the Galapagos (which was thought to be extinct), great white sharks are thriving off the pacific coast, two Texas sheriffs shot and killed while making a house call about a dog bite incident, President Biden urged to delay wild horse round ups by groups critical of the Bureau of Land Management, a new study shows emotional support animals can provide measurable psychological benefits to owners, and much more!
Lori then welcomes Dr. Robert Reed, Medical Director at VCA Veterinary Hospital in Rancho Mirage, California, to learn about the risks of stings from wasps and bees, especially to our dogs. The most likely outcome of a sting is local swelling, pain and redness at the site of the sting. This may extend somewhat to the local area.
However, if the dog is allergic, systemic reactions may occur like vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, hives, swelling around the face, even anaphylaxis. Anytime you know or suspect a bee or wasp sting, its best to get it checked out with your veterinarian right away because you don’t know what course it will take.
Only honeybees will lose a stinger, and if it is present in the skin, remove it by scraping it away with something like a credit card, taking care not to squeeze more venom into the animal. And be alert for beehives and hornet nests around your home and have them removed by professionals when then are noticed. Dr. Reed also provides many tips about recognizing situations where and when stings are more likely to occur.
Lori concludes with “tails” of famous Hollywood dogs including Rin Tin Tin, Toto from The Wizard of Oz (real name, Terry) and Lassie, (real name, Pal), Petey from Our Gang (real name, Pal the Wonder Dog) and more!
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