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Jellyfish

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:

  1. Wear rubber gloves – Touching the tentacles of the jellyfish with your bare hands can lead to being stung.
  2. 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.
  3. Try tape – Sticky tape can be helpful in removing tentacles.
  4. Remove remains – Pour sea water or sand over anything stuck in the dog. Do not use freshwater, as toxins can be released.
  5. Administer Benadryl – Seek veterinary advice and assistance for the correct dosage for your dog.
  6. 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.

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Photo Courtesy Fou Fou Dog
Photo Courtesy Fou Fou Dog

If your dog is constantly wearing a sweater, take it off regularly to brush his fur and allow his skin to breathe. Wash them is a mild detergent to ensure no itchy skin scenarios relating to the cleaning washing liquid.