Dog owners warned of Brighton beach palm oil nuggets after Labrador falls ill

Dog owners warned of Brighton beach palm oil nuggets after Labrador falls ill

Dog owners warned of Brighton beach palm oil nuggets after Labrador falls ill

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A dog  owner has warned others to beware after her beloved pet ate a white substance found on Brighton beach and fell ill.

Jess Squires found a solid nugget of what the Environment Agency identified as palm oil with her dog Luna, a Labrador cross.

Luna ate some of the substance and had to be taken to the vet.

The Labrador had to be given injections so she could expel the substance.


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Jess Squires said: “Luna is fine now, but I want people to be aware that this stuff is around locally and know what it looks like so they can get their dog straight to vets if they eat any.”

Palm oil is a vegetable oil derived from the pulp of the fruit of African, American and Maripa palms – it is non-toxic to humans but can be fatal to dogs.

Marc Abraham, TV Vet, said: “Dogs will pick up anything on the beach, from pebbles, to food to palm oil. These things can cause two-fold problems, the first is gastro, the second is foreign body obstructions.

“As the palm oil is so gelatinous it can get lodged in the oesophagus and require emergency surgery.”

Palm oil has been found all along the south coast and it is suspected that it came from a load that was either dumped or washed off a cargo ship.

Last year there were numerous incidents of palm oil washing up on Cornish beaches, resulting in the death of Zanzi, a miniature schnauzer dog, and the Cornwall Council putting up signs warning of pollution.

Mr Abraham said: “If you are concerned, keep your dog on a lead and if necessary have them wearing a muzzle while on the beach.

“If you think your dog has swallowed something it shouldn’t, contact your vet immediately.”

An Environment Agency spokesman said they believe the substance was washed up during the recent stormy weather.

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6:28am Fri 7 Feb 14

Boloney-marshal says...

I didn't think dogs were allowed on the beaches of Brighton!
I didn't think dogs were allowed on the beaches of Brighton! Boloney-marshal
  • Score: -17

6:54am Fri 7 Feb 14

aat99 says...

Boloney-marshal wrote:
I didn't think dogs were allowed on the beaches of Brighton!
Well you are wrong......
[quote][p][bold]Boloney-marshal[/bold] wrote: I didn't think dogs were allowed on the beaches of Brighton![/p][/quote]Well you are wrong...... aat99
  • Score: 12

7:29am Fri 7 Feb 14

power_ranger says...

Boloney-marshal wrote:
I didn't think dogs were allowed on the beaches of Brighton!
I didn't think idiots were allowed on the internet in Brighton!
[quote][p][bold]Boloney-marshal[/bold] wrote: I didn't think dogs were allowed on the beaches of Brighton![/p][/quote]I didn't think idiots were allowed on the internet in Brighton! power_ranger
  • Score: 23

7:59am Fri 7 Feb 14

All 9 of me says...

power_ranger wrote:
Boloney-marshal wrote:
I didn't think dogs were allowed on the beaches of Brighton!
I didn't think idiots were allowed on the internet in Brighton!
You were also wrong ....
[quote][p][bold]power_ranger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boloney-marshal[/bold] wrote: I didn't think dogs were allowed on the beaches of Brighton![/p][/quote]I didn't think idiots were allowed on the internet in Brighton![/p][/quote]You were also wrong .... All 9 of me
  • Score: 13

9:02am Fri 7 Feb 14

Crystal Ball says...

Everyone is wrong! Ha ha ha haaa!
Everyone is wrong! Ha ha ha haaa! Crystal Ball
  • Score: 9

10:24am Fri 7 Feb 14

Fight_Back says...

Hmmmm .... no connection between Adur Council allowing palm oil to be used at Shoreham Power Station then ?
Hmmmm .... no connection between Adur Council allowing palm oil to be used at Shoreham Power Station then ? Fight_Back
  • Score: -5

12:31pm Fri 7 Feb 14

bug eye says...

as I found out recently there is only 1 council seafront operative cleaning the beaches from Saltdean to Shoreham harbour, no wonder our beaches are so full of dangerous materials as well as environmentally damaging plastics and other litter. In a seaside city that should be promoting its best asset 'the beach' this is shameful especially from a Green administration.
as I found out recently there is only 1 council seafront operative cleaning the beaches from Saltdean to Shoreham harbour, no wonder our beaches are so full of dangerous materials as well as environmentally damaging plastics and other litter. In a seaside city that should be promoting its best asset 'the beach' this is shameful especially from a Green administration. bug eye
  • Score: -4

7:39pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Juleyanne says...

There are quite a few volunteer beach litter collecting groups anyone can join to help clean their local beaches.
There are quite a few volunteer beach litter collecting groups anyone can join to help clean their local beaches. Juleyanne
  • Score: 17

8:43pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Terry K says...

Muzzle your beasts you dog owners, muzzle yourselves too, all dogs should be banned where normal people frequent in my view,
Muzzle your beasts you dog owners, muzzle yourselves too, all dogs should be banned where normal people frequent in my view, Terry K
  • Score: -5

8:50am Sat 8 Feb 14

plantwoman says...

Terry K wrote:
Muzzle your beasts you dog owners, muzzle yourselves too, all dogs should be banned where normal people frequent in my view,
What do you class as normal then?
[quote][p][bold]Terry K[/bold] wrote: Muzzle your beasts you dog owners, muzzle yourselves too, all dogs should be banned where normal people frequent in my view,[/p][/quote]What do you class as normal then? plantwoman
  • Score: -2

9:52am Sat 8 Feb 14

Juleyanne says...

What an idiot Terry K is! Perhaps he should be muzzled and kept away from what he calls 'normal people'.
What an idiot Terry K is! Perhaps he should be muzzled and kept away from what he calls 'normal people'. Juleyanne
  • Score: 4

11:00pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Terry K says...

In my view, dog owners have a mental illness.
In my view, dog owners have a mental illness. Terry K
  • Score: -2

12:43am Sun 9 Feb 14

Poem58 says...

bug eye wrote:
as I found out recently there is only 1 council seafront operative cleaning the beaches from Saltdean to Shoreham harbour, no wonder our beaches are so full of dangerous materials as well as environmentally damaging plastics and other litter. In a seaside city that should be promoting its best asset 'the beach' this is shameful especially from a Green administration.
Are you aware that councils all over Britain... of whatever political persuasion are having their government subsidies cut to the bone?

An example is pensioners bus passes - financing of which has been drastically reduced by an elitist Tory government which, funnily enough can always find a few million for our Syrian terrorist friends if required.

http://www.channel4.
com/news/exclusive-9
0-of-english-council
s-slashing-bus-subsi
dies
[quote][p][bold]bug eye[/bold] wrote: as I found out recently there is only 1 council seafront operative cleaning the beaches from Saltdean to Shoreham harbour, no wonder our beaches are so full of dangerous materials as well as environmentally damaging plastics and other litter. In a seaside city that should be promoting its best asset 'the beach' this is shameful especially from a Green administration.[/p][/quote]Are you aware that councils all over Britain... of whatever political persuasion are having their government subsidies cut to the bone? An example is pensioners bus passes - financing of which has been drastically reduced by an elitist Tory government which, funnily enough can always find a few million for our Syrian terrorist friends if required. http://www.channel4. com/news/exclusive-9 0-of-english-council s-slashing-bus-subsi dies Poem58
  • Score: -4

8:19pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Terry K says...

They have disgusting habits, seen one licking up vomit before, and they sniff each other at both ends, how people can let these beasts into their homes and treat as a family member is beyond me. many dog owners homes absoloutly stink, cat's are much more fun, cleaner, more intelligent, and earn their keep by catching vermin.
They have disgusting habits, seen one licking up vomit before, and they sniff each other at both ends, how people can let these beasts into their homes and treat as a family member is beyond me. many dog owners homes absoloutly stink, cat's are much more fun, cleaner, more intelligent, and earn their keep by catching vermin. Terry K
  • Score: 1

9:05am Mon 10 Feb 14

Juleyanne says...

Oh go away you horrible venomous little man. This is not about what you think and no one cares.
Oh go away you horrible venomous little man. This is not about what you think and no one cares. Juleyanne
  • Score: 0

9:09am Mon 10 Feb 14

Juleyanne says...

Oh go away you horrible little man.
Oh go away you horrible little man. Juleyanne
  • Score: -2

6:54pm Tue 11 Feb 14

neverneverland says...

Someone muzzle Terry B....
Someone muzzle Terry B.... neverneverland
  • Score: 1

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