UK beach urgent warning for dog owners as illness affects over 150 pets

By Phoebe Tonks & Ben Reid

Some UK beaches should be avoided by dog owners who have been warned a number of pets have become ill after walks.

Practices had been "Inundated" with sick dogs following beach outings along the East coast, a vet has warned.

She said pets began suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea after having a walk on the beach - but the cause remains unclear.

Yorkshire Live reports that over 150 pets have reportedly become unwell following beach walks.

Brogan Proud, a veterinary nurse who runs the Yorkshire Coast Pet Care, said: "I work within several practices up and down the North East coast and we have recently been inundated with dogs coming off the beaches with vomiting and diarrhoea.

"Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any correlation other than contact with the beach so maybe ensure they don’t eat anything on the beach and wash them off if they’ve been to the beach in case it is a toxin or similar.

"Personally until the local authorities have got to the bottom of it I would not recommend taking your pets on the beach for the foreseeable future.

"I have been in touch with governing bodies and they are currently looking into it.

"If your dog is showing symptoms please make the local authorities aware as well as seeking veterinary attention should your pet need it."

Many dog owners responded to the news by sharing their stories of their pets being taken ill after contact with the beach.

One owner, Shelly Anderson, said: “My six-month-old Lab has had horrendous diarrhoea for the past four days, thankfully he’s now almost back to his usual self."

She added: "We have walked on both the beach at Robin Hood's Bay and the railway line at Bay / Thorpe .”

Anne Lavery shared a similar comment: “My dog fell ill last weekend after being walked down the gare at Redcar... five days he was ill, whilst in the vets there was also another dog who had been walked down there and was ill.”

Ms Brogan said the cause was currently unknown and stressed the need for owners to be "careful and vigilant".

She added: "It's currently unknown what it is and what is causing it - if it comes from the dogs eating stuff on the beaches or going into the water."

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