Research shows that some of the most poisonous scorpions live in Arizona and may be scurrying around right in your own backyard. While scorpion stings are not an everyday occurrence, they can happen any time. Your furry friends are particularly susceptible to scorpion attacks because they are often outside and unaware of the threat posed by this poisonous desert creature. It is important for Arizona pet owners to have the necessary knowledge regarding the symptoms of scorpion stings, as well as an awareness of treatment options.
How will you handle the situation if your pet is stung by a scorpion? At Anasazi Animal Clinic in Gilbert, we want to keep you up-to-date on the latest information, so your pet will be safe in the event of a scorpion attack. Here’s what to look for:
What to Look For: Symptoms of a Scorpion Sting
One of the first and most common symptoms of a scorpion sting is a case of watery eyes and dilated pupils. Your pet may have difficulty breathing in addition to severe pain that might cause her to yelp or whimper. Muscle tremors may also be visible. In extreme cases, paralysis can occur, which might cause your pet to collapse. Your pet may experience loss of bladder control, which may show up as frequent urination. In some cases, the area that has been stung may swell and your dog or cat may be seen trying to lick or bite the wounded area.
What to Do: Treatment Options
A scorpion sting should always be treated as an emergency. If you observe any of the above signs and symptoms in your pet, you should call Anasazi Animal Clinic or the nearest emergency veterinary clinic immediately—we offer emergency services Monday through Saturday. Moreover, it is also advisable to call ahead of your arrival to ensure that they are well prepared for the case. The good news is that a scorpion sting likely won’t be deadly to your pet with proper medical care.
In the meantime, simple first aid techniques are also recommended in order to stabilize your pet. Restrict any form of movement for your pet as this will prevent the poison from spreading further. Put an ice pack on the wound to ease the pain. As much as possible, prevent your pet from licking or biting the wound. In addition, consult with your vet over the phone about possibly administering an antihistamine like Benadryl to reduce an allergic reaction. Please note, however, that this should only be done after consulting with a vet.
As a pet owner in Arizona, scorpion stings are a real threat to your furry companions. It is important to be prepared for anything—and our team at Anasazi Animal Clinic wants to help. Now that you know the basics of what to look for and what to do if your pet is stung by a scorpion, you’re equipped to give her the best possible care until a vet can step in to help. If you have further questions, contact Anasazi Animal Clinic in Gilbert at 480-426-8364 or reach out to us online.