Heartbreaking Post Warns Dog Owners to Be Wary of Fetch at the Beach After This Happened

Posted by Paige Cerulli
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While fetch may seem like an innocent game, an Instagram post is warning of the hidden dangers of playing fetch at the beach.

Many dogs love a good game of fetch. It's the go-to activity for getting your dog some exercise. You can play it with whatever you can find - a ball, some sticks - and you can play it just about anywhere. But a heartbreaking Instagram post is warning dog owners to be careful of playing fetch at the beach.

The post, by Brookebasspdx, reads:

Friends, We've had to hit the pause button on sailing this week to care for our little nugget. I hesitated to share what happened here b/c I felt like such a shitty dog mom for letting it happen. But in the hopes that sharing our story will help other pups, here goes...While hanging out on the beach this past weekend, Bourre picked up a game of fetch w/ some kids. He's a ferocious fetcher. Body lunging, mouth wide open, lips stretched taut, ear to ear. His fetch game makes for some pretty epic slow-mo videos. The kids at the beach loved the way he'd retrieve so effortlessly and Bourré loved them. (Though we don't have kids, he has a total soft spot for little ones and whines anytime he can hear/see kids but can't play with them.) .

After about 45 minutes, we cut him off. He needed to catch his breath and we were ready to head in. Later that night, he started vomiting. He was sick through morning, at which point we carried him into our little dinghy, motored to shore, and Ubered to the nearest emergency clinic. They Xrayed and ran blood tests and found he had an enormous amount of sand lodged in his stomach and intestines that wasn't moving. Even worse, his blood levels showed an extreme case of pancreatitis, risking organ failure. They started fluids, antibiotics, and about a thousand other meds but warned us the outcome might not be good.

At this point, I started thinking about everything this dog means to us. He's the dog who will go anywhere we go without hesitation--whether a 6-foot high floating tent in the Redwoods or a 40-foot bobbing boat in the Gulf of Mexico. He's the dog who stomps his feet when he has to potty and licks my tears when I cry. He's the dog who curled up, all seventy-five pounds of him, in my lap like a cat for the entire thirty minute ride to the emergency clinic. He snuggles hard when he's tired and harder when he's scared. And we could potentially lose him over a game of fetch?
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Well, Bourré's vet here in FL just told us that he's finally well enough to come home with us. My ?? has never felt more happy or relieved. Pls send good vibes his way as he continues to recover. And be careful playing fetch with your pups at the beach!!

Friends, We've had to hit the pause button on sailing this week to care for our little nugget. I hesitated to share what happened here b/c I felt like such a shitty dog mom for letting it happen. But in the hopes that sharing our story will help other pups, here goes...While hanging out on the beach this past weekend, Bourre picked up a game of fetch w/ some kids. He’s a ferocious fetcher. Body lunging, mouth wide open, lips stretched taut, ear to ear. His fetch game makes for some pretty epic slow-mo videos. The kids at the beach loved the way he'd retrieve so effortlessly and Bourré loved them. (Though we don’t have kids, he has a total soft spot for little ones and whines anytime he can hear/see kids but can’t play with them.) . After about 45 minutes, we cut him off. He needed to catch his breath and we were ready to head in. Later that night, he started vomiting. He was sick through morning, at which point we carried him into our little dinghy, motored to shore, and Ubered to the nearest emergency clinic. They Xrayed and ran blood tests and found he had an enormous amount of sand lodged in his stomach and intestines that wasn’t moving. Even worse, his blood levels showed an extreme case of pancreatitis, risking organ failure. They started fluids, antibiotics, and about a thousand other meds but warned us the outcome might not be good. . At this point, I started thinking about everything this dog means to us. He’s the dog who will go anywhere we go without hesitation—whether a 6-foot high floating tent in the Redwoods or a 40-foot bobbing boat in the Gulf of Mexico. He’s the dog who stomps his feet when he has to potty and licks my tears when I cry. He’s the dog who curled up, all seventy-five pounds of him, in my lap like a cat for the entire thirty minute ride to the emergency clinic. He snuggles hard when he’s tired and harder when he’s scared. And we could potentially lose him over a game of fetch? . Well, Bourré’s vet here in FL just told us that he's finally well enough to come home with us. My ❤️ has never felt more happy or relieved. Pls send good vibes his way as he continues to recover. And be careful playing fetch with your pups at the beach!!

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It sounds like Bourre's game was a little too enthusiastic for his health. If you play fetch at the beach with your dog, then be sure to monitor how much water and/or sand he may be ingesting. Salt water isn't good for dogs, and too much can lead to vomiting and illness. Salt toxicity is also a possibility in extreme cases.

But unfortunately that's not the only danger in playing fetch. When you do play fetch, it's best to always use a toy instead of sticks, since dogs can impale their mouths on sticks. And try to stay away from tennis balls. They pose choking hazards for larger dogs.

There's nothing better than a good game of fetch, but take this warning to heart and please be careful.

Do you play with your pups at the beach? What precautions do you take? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Heartbreaking Post Warns Dog Owners to Be Wary of Fetch at the Beach After This Happened