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Wasp and Bee stings

A simple sting can be safely left alone. It should be bothersome only temporarily. If a stinger is still present, try to remove it by scraping it with a fingernail or a rigid piece of cardboard. Avoid using tweezers or forceps to remove it unless absolutely necessary as this may force more venom out of the stinger.

Home remedy for pain apply water and baking soda for a bee sting or vinegar for a wasp sting.

Also tick season coming up make sure you have a tick remover which you can buy from a pet shop or your veterinary clinic. Do not try to burn them off it doesn't work and you could hurt your pet.

Facts about Fleas

1. Fleas have four life stages: egg, larva, pupa, biting adult. 
2. Fleas feed on the blood of their host -- humans, birds, reptiles, and wild and domestic animals.
3. The female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime.
4. A flea can live more than 100 days without a blood meal.
5. The female flea consumes 15 times her own body weight in blood daily.
6. A flea can jump up to 8 inches high, or approximately 150 times its own height. That's like if you could leap over tall buildings in a single bound.
7. Pets with fleas may develop anemia, tapeworms or intense bouts of itching (pruritus).
8. Some pets may develop an allergy to flea saliva, which causes severe irritation and itchiness.
9. The best way to check for fleas is with a flea comb.
10. Even though there are more than 2,000 known species and subspecies of fleas, one flea species -- the cat flea -- accounts for most of the dog and cat flea cases found in the U.K.

I often hear conversation about laws concerning dogs so hear is a guide to help you be a responsible dog owner supplied by Aberdeenshire City Council:

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