Jellyfish Stings and Dogs

Jellyfish stings and dogsOn many occasions,  jellyfish have been spotted in the water on the beaches of The North Coast, El Sahel.

When a Mediterranean jellyfish stings you or your dog, although it’s mostly not hazardous, it gets pretty painful. Dogs are more protected through their coat than us, yet some body parts are still very sensitive to getting stung. The parts in the belly area and around a dog’s face, are mostly affected.


If your dog gets stung, you will see some irritation on the skin. React by using the following home remedies.

Home remedies in case your dog gets stung by jellyfish

  • Soak or rinse the area in vinegar for 15-30 minutes to stop toxins from being released. If you do not have vinegar available, rinse in sea water or 70% alcohol. (same goes for a person who got stung)
  • Do not rub the area as this will irritate the area still further.
  • Do not use fresh water as this will cause toxins to be continued to be released.
  • If available mix baking soda (bicarbonate sodium) with very little water into a paste and apply
  • If no baking soda is available use shaving cream
  • Rinse stings to the eye stings with saline solution found in any pharmacy or soak a towel in vinegar and carefully pat the skin around the eyes ensuring that you DON’T get vinegar directly into the eyes.
  • When close to the mouth apply lightly diluted vinegar carefully and make sure your dog does not drink the solution.

woof_300Remember if no vinegar is available, use only salt water and NO fresh water.

Do not rub the area!


Watch for any allergic reaction symptoms apart from the normal irritation, such as breathing trouble. If at the 30 minute mark, there is nothing beyond the local reaction, then your pup will be just fine.

If you notice any abnormal reaction please contact the vet. For vet contacts in Sahel click here.

Read about taking your dog to the beach here.