30 Nov Bluebottles And Your Dog
Over the past 24 hours, the Animal Poisons Helpline has received several reports of dogs eating beached bluebottles (Physalia physalis) in the Auckland area. If you are in Auckland, please be cautious when taking your dog to the beach. If you have any dog-owning friends or family that live in or around the Auckland region, please share this alert with them.
Stings to the mouth and throat can be very painful, and in some cases may result in swelling in the throat and breathing difficulties. If your dog has ingested or chewed on a bluebottle, we recommend removing any adherent tentacles with a protected hand (you can use your own clothing) and taking them to a veterinary clinic for assessment and observation.
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