If you take your dog regularly to the beach, be sure you have something to treat jellyfish stings – just in case.
HOW TO TREAT A JELLYFISH STING
Treatment for Jellyfish:
- Wear rubber gloves – Touching the tentacles of the jellyfish with your bare hands can lead to being stung.
- Use rubbing alcohol – Pouring rubbing alcohol on the tentacles (70 percent or more) stabilizing the nematocysts and prevent them from triggering more stings to the dog.
- Try tape – Sticky tape can be helpful in removing tentacles.
- Remove remains – Pour sea water or sand over anything stuck in the dog. Do not use freshwater, as toxins can be released.
- Administer Benadryl – Seek veterinary advice and assistance for the correct dosage for your dog.
- Make a baking soda paste – Pack the sting sites with a paste consisting of baking soda and water to soothe the sting.
Alternate cold and heat – Cold compresses (ice wrapped in a cold, wet washcloth) help numb the sting and reduce swelling. Apply them for 10 – 30 minutes. Then, alternate with a towel covered hot compress, 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off until it cools, to bring healing blood back into the area and flush out the poison. Alternate cold and hot packs for 20 minutes.