Maya, a three-year-old Alaskan Malamute, was left in excruciating ache after being stung within the mouth when she picked up a jellyfish whereas enjoying within the sea off Yellowcraig Seashore.
Proprietor, Cosmo Arnott, a farm work, who lives in Ormiston, defined: “It was low tide and she or he was having fun with a swim, earlier than grabbing one thing in her mouth which I believed was seaweed at first. She then yelped and spat it out.
“After I seemed on the water, there was a swarm of jellyfish, ranging in measurement from a £2 coin to a dinner plate.
“She then began rubbing her face alongside the sand and lower her chin on the rocks. She wouldn’t let me test her face and was reluctant to stroll.
“I rang my father to ask about jellyfish stings after which determined to take to the vets.
“On the way in which, she was howling and crying and her respiration was quitter laboured. She was bouncing off the edges of the automobile in misery so it was fairly a traumatic journey.
“Fortunately, the group at Dunedin Vets knew precisely what to do and I used to be glad they have been there as they responded in a short time and gave her nice care.”
Scientific director Margot Hunter, who handled Maya, mentioned the observe has handled plenty of canines that had been stung by jellyfish after strolling on seashores in East Lothian and the Firth of Forth.
Margot mentioned: “Maya was one of many worst instances we’ve seen this 12 months as she was in a lot oral ache.
“She was pawing at her mouth, rubbing her face on the ground and salivating profusely when she first arrived on the observe.
“She was given an analgesic to assist the acute ache and an antihistamine due to the allergic response as we needed to cease her going into anaphylactic shock.
“We additionally gave her a lot of milk as that helps to assuage jellyfish stings, together with ice cream.
“Native seashores have been coated in jellyfish throughout the sizzling climate and can be for a while to return.
“Even useless jellyfish can nonetheless sting.
“I don’t suppose folks ought to keep away from taking their canines to the seaside however it is necessary that they watch what they’re doing and never permit them to swim within the water if there are a variety of jellyfish about.
“If there are a variety of jellyfish mendacity on the seaside, it’s maybe price protecting your canine on a lead.
“The hazard is after they chew them or decide them up. If a canine is stung then it is very important search veterinary recommendation and therapy.
“Milk or ice cream will assist initially, however you must at all times search veterinary recommendation. If a canine goes into anaphylactic shock, it may very well be life-threatening.
“This tends to occur rapidly and so they go floppy, lose management of their bodily features and may die.”