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  1. #1
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    Default Dog tuned in to bee venom?

    A little Yorkie-mix dog came into our lives this spring. He LOVES chasing and eating honeybees...stalking them in flower beds, leaping at them in flight, and chewing them up and spitting out their carcasses in the driveway. I don't know if he's not getting stung (would find that unlikely) or just doesn't notice or care. He doesn't pay any attention to the hive, where he could have a bee buffet if he chose.

    That's weird enough.

    But the other day, I got stung on the side of my knee. A few minutes later, as I sat on the couch, the dog sprinted right up to me and zeroed in on the sting, licking it obsessively.

    Is this dog addicted to bee venom? Anyone with similar experiences? I'm very amused, but at a complete loss for explanations!

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    Default Re: Dog tuned in to bee venom?

    Maybe your dog is self medicating!

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    Default Re: Dog tuned in to bee venom?

    Could be that's why his former beekeeping owner let him loose in your yard!
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    Default Re: Dog tuned in to bee venom?

    My dog knows when I have a bobo or when I am ill. He will try to lick the area clean if the exposed injury is bloody or infected. If I have a fever he insists on laying besides me, even ignoring dinner time! I don't feel particularly special though, he does the same thing with my other dog.

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    Default Re: Dog tuned in to bee venom?

    I swear, my 16 year old chocolate lab stands in front of the hives until he gets stung. Then he does a hillarious boot scootin boogie away from the hive. EVERY DAY for the last two years. His bee sting therapy? I'd almost swear it is. He is blind and deaf, but healthy for a dog his age. He has issues with his neck some days, arthritus I assume. We ask him if he has a 'heavy head' . Then he goes and gets stung.




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    Default Re: Dog tuned in to bee venom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh McDiarmid View Post
    A little Yorkie-mix dog came into our lives this spring. He LOVES chasing and eating honeybees...
    My queensland does the same...but my lab hides every time I but my beesuit on
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    Default Re: Dog tuned in to bee venom?

    We have 4 dogs. Two are deathly afraid of the bees. They take the long way around the hives and dive for under the bed if we have bees in the house. The other two are different. One the skipperkee mix barks at the bees and prods at them until he gets stung then he backs off for a few minutes. Fritz- the border collie thinks bees are like hot nacho poppers. He roll them around with his furry foot then eats them. He especially likes it when we bring a bunch of frames into the house to extract. The bees that come in must be full of honey because he really loves eating them.

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    Default Re: Dog tuned in to bee venom?

    I have a Jack Russell who would kill a rattle snake, but he learned to respect the bees.
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    Default Re: Dog tuned in to bee venom?

    my lab would think nothing of pulling a bumblebee out of the air and swallowing it whole. I saw her doing it twice, the first time was without any issue. The second time she got stung inside her mouth and that was definitely not pleasant for her.

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    Default Re: Dog tuned in to bee venom?

    A few years ago, we had a yellow lab that when he was young, ate spiders. Every spider he could find, "granddaddy longlegs", garden spiders, wolf spiders. Every one he could find. Couldn't break him of it. Just thankful he never saw a black widow. I once heard of a horse that died of a black widow bite.
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