Bank Holiday Hazards

We all love a Bank Holiday:  time off from work with the family including our pets.

Enjoy taking your family and dogs to the beach and woodlands?

James Street Vets want you to enjoy your bank holiday, but as vets we often see cases that a typical bank holiday weekend brings.  Beaches and woodlands can put dogs at risk of several hazards of which owners should be made aware!

For example:


Salt Water – when swimming in salt water, your pet may ingest significant quantities very quickly – within a few minutes vomiting will occur – for mild cases let your pet drink small amounts of fresh water at frequent intervals – more severe cases require vet attention.

Palm Oil – Has been washed up on beaches throughout the UK.  Whilst fats and oils do not cause systemic toxicity if ingested acutely, they may have a rapid onset laxative effect.  Vomiting and diarrhoea are the most common signs reported.

Jelly-fish – Dead jellyfish can sting even weeks after death, therefore, licking or ingestion of any jellyfish may results in a string.  Areas of little fur ie: nose, around eyes and mouth are at greater risk of a sting.  Clinical signs occur quickly and can last for several hours – vomiting, oedema, hypersalivation, oral irritation, distress, pain, hyperthermia and diarrhoea.  Following a sting the affected area should be irrigated with seawater immediately, any remaining tentacles should be safely pulled off the skin but never rubbed off.


Conkers – Do not let your dog digest a conker.  Most dogs show no signs of illness after conker ingestion or will only develop mild gastointestinal signs. There is also a potential risk of obstruction if ingested whole.

Frogs and Toads – Frogs, if eaten or played with can cause some vomiting.  Toads, however have a thick dry skin and are potentially more of a problem to pets.   Poisioning can occur.  Seek veterinary advice.

Adder Bites – Generally an adder will only bite when provoked.   Pets can develop a painfull swelling within minutes and it can last for several days.  Puncture wounds may be visible and weep; any sign of lethargy, hypersalivation, vomiting, diarrhoea, panting – contact your vet.

Blue-green Algae in waterways – Do not let your dog swim in rivers, lakes, drains or ponds, the recent heat-wave has produced blue-green algae.  If ingested gastrointestinal effects are often the primary presenting signs.  This can be rapid and neurotoxic effects typically manifest rapidly.

If unsure please seek veterinary advice.


  •    Never leave your dog in a hot car
  •    Clean up after your pet
  •    Keep your dog on a lead/under control at all times
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