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If you are like me, you love your dog as if it was an intricate part of your family. And when your cute dog suffers from stings and insect stings, you want to alleviate that suffering as quickly as possible. 

You also know that a trip to the vet to help soothe insect bites can cost upwards of $100 or more at the time of consultation and medication payment. Frankly, you don't need to pay a lot of money to help your dog or any pet that suffers from insect bites and stings.

veterinarian examining a dog

The tips you'll find below are inexpensive, and chances are you already have some of the ingredients in your medicine cabinet or kitchen. 

I used each of them for many years to treat my dogs. And the good thing is that I still use them today to treat my 'best friend' Princess when she has bug bites and stings.

homeopathic medicine bottle in dog pills for skin allergy rash and irritations

This first tip you may have never considered or even thought about:

Meat tenderizer. Yea! You heard right. You have to pour the meat tenderizer into the bowl and add water. After thickening into a paste, apply it directly to the sting or bite. There's a good chance your dog will feel almost instantaneous relief. The cool thing is that you can reapply if necessary, without worrying if it might be harming your pet.

mosquito on a dog's paw

Tip 2: This will probably shock you, but again, it works. Try rubbing ammonia directly into the sting or sting with a cotton ball. However, make sure not to apply around 'Fido' nose and eyes. Also, if your pet has susceptible skin, it's a good idea not to use it to soften insect bites.

dog belly full of bites

The third tip I have for you is one of my favorites, very light insect stings and stings, and I must say the Princess loves it. I apply aloe vera gel from an aloe vera leaf when I can get my hands on it. But as a reserve, I keep an aloe vera gel that I bought at the local pharmacy. Again, it's simple to apply the gel directly to the bite. The results are almost instantaneous. Not only does it work well on my dog, but I also use it on myself for mosquito bites and an occasional wasp sting.

Aloe Vera photo

Now, this tip will reduce swelling and itchiness right away. However, it may require patience and participation from your dog (any pet). If it's a bite, look for the area where your dog is biting and scratching. 

There's a good chance the stinger is still embedded in your precious pet's fur. Once you've located and removed it, you can apply some healing gel or even bathe it in a cool cloth.

wringing wet towel

Speaking of cold cloth, this will be my last tip for you. Try putting several pieces of ice on a towel and holding it directly over the sting or bite. Just like you, your pet will find that it soothes insect bites.

pink towel with ice

If you're wondering if these tips are safe for your dog when you're trying to relieve pain and itchiness, check with your local veterinarian. Or you can search the internet and find where they are perfectly safe. These insect stings and gentle sting tips aren't the only ones. It may pay you to find out about others.

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