Penny got stung by a bee today! She was out in the yard, just hanging out with Milo like always, and the next thing I knew her lip was all puffed out. It was HUGE! At first I thought she just had a ball in her mouth or that she had picked up a toy and was carrying it around, typical Penny, and I didn’t think too much of it. But then about five minutes later I noticed that there were bumps forming under her fur, and her face had gotten swollen, and by the time we got to the animal care office – about 10 minutes after I first noticed her swollen lip – her eyes were swollen so much she could barely open them, and her fur was all lumpy from all the bumps. She was lumpy, bumpy and so swollen. She was a fright!
They quickly took her and examined her, plucked out the stinger that was in her lip, then they gave her two shots of something that helped reverse the reaction. Then we waited.
Here is a photo of poor Penny during her time at the animal care clinic. By this time, the medications were already starting to take effect and the swelling had gone way down. But even here she doesn’t look like herself.
You can see the right side of her face where that lip is still pretty swollen, and her head is all lumpy from the bumps, and the back of her, too, which is barely visible in this cell phone photo.
We hung out in their office for a while to be sure she was going to be okay, and then we went home. Right now, just an hour after being home, Penny is downstairs running around with all the kids, seems to be back to normal and having a good old time. Everyone keeps saying, “Poor Penny! Poor Baby Girl.” She is loving all this extra attention.
So this is the first time I’ve ever had a pet get stung by a bee. Leave it to this one to get stung. She always has her nose to the ground, sniffing for things, and she’s very playful. She probably saw the bee when she was sniffing around in the grass, and then she probably wouldn’t leave it alone, thinking it something “new” to play with… and then ZAP!! She got stung. I hope that she will remember that the next time she comes across a bee in our backyard!