Re: apitherapy and animals
We started stinging our 13 year old black lab dog (75 pounds) in apitherapy in October, 2009. We started her after contacting the apitherapist that trained us on how to sting ourselves. From October '09 to May '10 she received 134 total stings on her back hips, top of the head, base of the neck between the shoulder blades and in two large grapefruit size tumors (1 fatty and 1 hard lump). Our dog was gentle enough that we found we didn't have to restrain her at all.
If you do this, start with a test and make sure the animal is not allergic. We stung for arthritis, fatty tumors and a hard big lump and her stroke situation. We were also advised to give her pollen, propolis and royal jelly.
Our dog was gentle enough that we found we didn't have to restrain her at all.
If anything, I would say we should have been stinging her more than we did. Since we stopped stinging her in May '10, the hard lump at her neck went from small apple size to being larger than a grapefruit and progressing down along her neck. The fatty tumor that was in her leg pit is also grapefruit size. We saw little change in that one's size since quitting the BVT on the dog. Our dog has received 3 stings this week.
At the very least, give your dog the pollen, propolis and royal jelly. Is your dog on steroids? With humans, steroids and bee venom therapy are a no no. Dogs can be given aspirin. Bee venom is anti-inflammatory.
Just like humans, don't start stinging small areas too soon due to swelling. The good thing about bee venom is it enters the bloodstream and will travel to all areas. Eventually though, you will want to get certain areas directly.
Check the American Apitherapy Society webpage. There was at least one dog talked about in the testimonials.
Last edited by Bee Bliss; 09-20-2010 at 10:02 PM.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Anyone practicing Bee Venom Therapy should proceed at their own risk.