A 29-year-old student at South Florida University is trying to get the word out about saltwater poisoning since his dog died suddenly after spending a few hours at the beach.
The student, Chris Taylor, was devastated by the loss. He'd had the labrador retriever, nicknamed O.G., for seven years, and often took him to the beach.
After Taylor finished with classes last Monday, he took O.G. to Honeymoon Island State Park Dog Beach in Dunedin, Florida where the two spent several hours playing and soaking in some sunshine.
Taylor had no idea anything was wrong until he got home and O.G. started vomiting and having diarrhea. He monitored the dog closely over the next days, even cooking him up some boiled chicken and rice. But when symptoms didn't improve by Wednesday, Taylor took him to the vet.
The vets quickly determined that the dog had saltwater poisoning. Sadly, it was already too late as the lab had undergone severe brain damage, was dehydrated, and having seizures.
In an interview with WFLA, Taylor said:
They told me, there's nothing we can do right now. I thought, this is my son. I don't have children of my own.
Commenters sympathized for Taylor's loss: