Sea hares are potentially toxic to dogs that lick, consume or come in contact with them. Symptoms can include muscle spasms, seizures, vomiting, drooling, weakness and even death.
Sea hares are a type of mollusc and related to sea slugs. They can be identified by their soft body with large ‘wings’. They are brown, black or purple in colour and can measure up to 60cm in length. When threatened a purple ink will be released as a defensive mechanism.
These creatures can wash up on Western Australian beaches between January and April during their mating season.
Dog owners are advised that if they come across a sea hare to keep their pets away and to report it to the City’s Customer Service on 9528 0333.
If you believe that your dog has been affected seek advice from your nearest vet as soon as possible.