Keep your pet safe from these hidden dangers at the beach.
While your furry friend may love frolicking in the sand and surf, it’s up to you to keep your dog safe from the hidden dangers at the beach.
AWLQ rehoming partner PETstock vet Dr Rachel Chang has revealed what to look out for on your day at the beach.
“Poisonous jellyfish stings can cause swelling of the head and face, wobbliness, hives, drooling and anaphylactic reactions.
“If you notice these signs, you should take your dog to a veterinarian immediately.”
“An inquisitive dog may get bitten, so keep an eye on your buddy and monitor them for signs of a snake bite – lethargy, wobbliness, drooling and vomiting.”
“As the name suggests, this tick causes paralysis starting from the hind legs, then spreading to the front legs.
“If you are travelling to these coastal areas in spring and summer, we strongly recommend that you use appropriate tick protection.
“Many dogs are inclined to chew or swallow things like bait or fishhooks because they smell fishy.
“In some cases, this can cause diarrhoea and vomiting. In more severe cases, the object may need to be surgically removed.”
“This is caused by a combination of hot weather, high-energy activities such as running and sometimes dehydration.
“Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting, vomiting and lethargy.
“In severe cases, dogs can seem dazed and appear to lose consciousness.
“This can be a life-threatening emergency – if you think your dog has heat stroke, pour water over them and offer them water to drink, then get straight into the car with the air conditioner on maximum and take them straight to the vet.
“Do not wrap your dog in a wet towel as this may make them even warmer.
“To reduce the risk of heat stroke, avoid visiting the beach in the hottest part of the day – mornings or late afternoons are best.”
The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.