Scorpions can be a danger to your dog
Scorpions, just saying their name brings dread and fear to many. Sure, some of you might not live where Scorpions thrive, but for those in the Southwest like Arizona and New Mexico, Scorpions are a constant threat. Most people don’t know this, but Scorpions are part of the arachnid family…..in other words…..they are spiders!
Since I live in Arizona, I regularly go out at night with a black light to find these pests and remove them before they have the ability to sting me, my little ones, or my furry little ones.
Once I was stung while sleeping in bed. I couldn’t get away fast enough so you can understand why I worry so much about our little furry one getting stung. She is about 7 pounds and with the right scorpion and the right sting, it could be fatal.
So if you live in regions with Scorpions here is how you can recognize that a Scorpion has stung your dog.
1. One of the most common signs that your dog has been stun is if they are constantly licking an area or favoring a certain area and doesn’t stop whimpering.
2. Be careful when checking, but if swelling is around the area that your dog is favoring, they could have been stung. The swelling will grow as the poison continues to spread.
3. Two other indicators are if your dog’s pupils are dilated and there are severe muscle tremors.
4. Other things to look for are excessive tears and difficulty breathing.
If you notice these symptoms you should get your dog to a vet immediately. The smaller the animal the more it is in danger. Not to worry, vets are supplies with medicine that can counter-act the poison and help your furry little one to feel all better.