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My 2 year collie has been stung by a jellyfish, Happened an

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My 2 year collie has been stung by a jellyfish
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Can you tell me a little more about the Collie's situation? How long has this been a concern?
Customer: Happened an hour ago , he's drinking waterand eating grass and vomitting
JA: Does the vomit look liquidy or foamy? Is there food in it?
Customer: Everything he has eaten and foamy
JA: Could he have eaten anything unusual?
Customer: We were on the beach and he licked a jellyfish
JA: What's the Collie's name?
Customer: Finn
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Finn?
Customer: No
Submitted: 6 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience working out of West London. It will be my pleasure to help you today.

I'm sorry to hear to this and understand your concern for Finn.

Does he seem drowsy?

Any trouble breathing?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
No
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Is that a 'no' to both questions?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

When did Finn last vomit?

Are his gums pink and wet?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
30 minutes
Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Thank you, ok.

I am just typing my reply now.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 6 days ago.

I'm sorry this has happened to Finn and know you will be very concerned for him, especially given all of the vomiting.

It is important we clean the area that was stung and try to remove any stinger.

The main risk here is that he may develop dehydration and low blood sugar, as jellyfish stings can cause quite severe vomiting.

Depending on the jellyfish, we may see more serious signs such as trouble breathing, abnormal heart rate and blistered skin.

It is always best to see a vet if possible, to examine Finn and the area that was stung.

He likely would benefit from some anti nausea medicine, antacids and fluids at a minimum.

I appreciate it is late, but there should be an open clinic nearby.

If unsure where this is, please send on your postcode.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Is this all ok?

Do you need the details for your nearest clinic?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Thank you for your reply Dr Simmon.
Finn just gave the jellyfish a lick, he didn't eat any of it. his symptoms have improved rapidly in the last 10 minutes, less irritation with his tongue, no hiccups from eating and drinking too fast. His heartbeat is normal..
We gave him a quarter of a Rennie.. He is a lot calmer now...
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 6 days ago.

Ok, thank you.

You initially said he had been stung but if this is not the case, that is promising.

I'd still advise a vet visit is possible, given the extent of the vomiting.

At home, offer plenty of water and, if you have it, a rehydration solution such as Oralde or Lectade.

Fingers crossed he remains well and the worst is now over.

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Our nearest clinic is in Belfast.
The vomitting has stopped now..
Thank you for the advice.
Appreciate your time this late in the night..
Jenny and Finn..
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 6 days ago.

My pleasure Jenny and wishing both you and Finn a very peaceful night.

If there is anything else, please let me know.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 5 days ago.

Hi there, how is Finn getting on?