Insect stings can trigger hypersensitivity reactions in dogs. Along with vaccines, medicines and feed, they are among the most frequent triggers of a generalised allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), and fatalities have also been described. In Central Europe, honey bees (Apis mellifera) and common wasps (Vespula vulgaris and Vespula germanica) are particularly significant in this respect. More rarely, paper wasps, hornets or bumblebees play a role. These insects belong to the order Hymenoptera within the class Insecta. The venom is released via stings. Bees lose their sting and die, wasps and hornets can sting several times. The prevalence of anaphylactic reactions to insect stings in dogs is unknown. In humans, it is 1 – 5 % according to studies.
Learn more about clinical symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of allergies to bees, wasps, and other insects in the article by Dr Elisabeth Reinbacher: Allergies to bees, wasps and other insects
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