Ask Kathy About The Dogs And The Bees

By Kathy Santo | Updated: May 7 2019

Student’s Question:

How can I protect my dog from bees and what should I do if they’re stung?

Kathy’s Answer:

I vividly remember the day that my border collie was stung by a bee.

We were out in the yard together one summer, and while she played with her soccer ball, I was tending to more mundane tasks, like weeding the garden and filling the bird feeders.

After I’d finished, I was ready to kick the ball for her a few more times, and when I turned to look for her, she was laying ‘border collie style”, with the ball a few inches from her nose, ready for the game. Nothing unusual there.

But as I walked closer, I noticed her face was much larger than normal, and she looked very shar-pei like. Her eyes were swollen almost shut, but, as was her nature, she wasn’t bothered a bit and was really just interested in getting another game going. I, on the other hand, knew something was wrong.

I stayed calm, immediately put her in the car, called my vet to tell her I was on the way, and drove carefully (but briskly!) as I was worried that her breathing could become compromised.

Fortunately, when we arrived, she was treated and responded immediately. Other dogs aren’t as fortunate, so it’s important that you know the the following information:

Kathy Santo has spent her entire career as a dog trainer and handler, training dogs and winning over 500 obedience, agility and Canine Good Citizenship titles. Working with her own dogs, she has achieved every competitive obedience title the American Kennel Club (AKC) has offered and earned the prestigious AKC “Obedience Trial Champion” title (OTCh) multiple times.

In Waldwick, Kathy teaches classes, private lessons, and oversees the training of her student’s dogs using her extensive knowledge, experience and intuition to handle problems from the benign to the serious. Her engaging personality has won her the respect and friendship of her many students, who now consider themselves part of her extended family.


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