It’s been hard to miss the stormy weather over the past few weeks. Not only can thunder and lightening scare dogs but it can present problems when they’re out on a walk. Stormy weather can dredge up all sorts of debris onto beaches. This can present a variety of hazards for your dogs when out on that bracing post storm walk.
There have been several reported cases of dog poisoning in Norfolk. These have been traced back to dogs eating shellfish and subsequently suffering from ‘Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning’ which are thought to have come from shellfish eaten on the beach. It’s not just shellfish that can wash up on beaches, closer to home we have had sightings of Portugese man of war jellyfish after big storms. These are highly poisonous to both animals and people and definitely worth giving a wide berth.
So what can be done! As brilliant as a good walk on the beach can be it’s important to be aware of the hazards. If your dog’s a known hoover then it may be worth contemplating a muzzle, especially after big storms or at low tide. And if you’re worried we vets are more than happy to have a chat or see your dogs if you have any concerns.
Baited lines and hooks are another hazard to be aware of. For little Alfie the temptation of some tasty bait was too much to bear! Unfortunately the enjoyment of the tasty bait was short-lived as it came with a hook! It did make for an impressive X-ray and was removed without incident.