We have had a few enquiries recently about pets being stung by jellyfish whilst on the beach.
The severity of jellyfish stings varies with the species. Not all sting, but those that can may even do so for weeks after death. Licking or ingesting a jellyfish can therefore result in a painful sting. Other effects that could be seen include retching, drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea, swelling within the mouth and twitching. Signs are usually immediate after the exposure and can last a few hours.
If your dog has been stung by a jellyfish, what should you do?
Take care not to get stung yourself
Using a towel or a stick, pull any remaining tentacles off the skin
Do not rub the tentacles off or rub the area with sand
If possible, flush the area with seawater, NOT freshwater. Fresh water can cause the stinger cells to fire.
Seek veterinary attention if you feel that your dog is painful and in distress or if there is any swelling around the face or within the mouth
If you suspect your dog has come into contact with a jellyfish whilst visiting the coast this summer, call the Animal PoisonLine on 01202 509000 for advice.