Dog owners advised to take care as more palm oil nuggets found on Sussex beaches

Palm oil found at Tide Mills

Palm oil found at Tide Mills

First published in News

Palm oil has been found on Sussex beaches again, sparking a warning to dog owners to keep their pets away from the toxic substance.

Nuggets of the waxy, white, sulphur-smelling substance, which can be fatal to dogs when ingested, were found covering beaches at Newhaven and Shoreham over the weekend.

A few weeks ago a Labrador called Luna was taken to a vet after eating the substance on Brighton beach.

Palm oil is a vegetable oil derived from the pulp of the fruit of African, American and Maripa palms and is non-toxic to humans.

Palm Oil has been routinely and mysteriously washing up on the South Coast since October last year - starting with Cornwall which resulted in the death of Zanzi, a miniature schnauzer, a massive cleanup operation.

Vets in Cornwall have reported dogs are being brought into their practices on a daily basis that have consumed the substance.

Currently the origin of this outbreak of beachings is unknown, but it is suspected a load was either dumped or washed off a cargo ship.

TV vet Marc Abraham said: “If you are concerned, you should keep you 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.”

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9:08am Thu 20 Feb 14

Valerie Paynter says...

Why are local authorities not putting up prominently displayed notices along beaches to warn people of this? Seems a small thing to ask of them.
Why are local authorities not putting up prominently displayed notices along beaches to warn people of this? Seems a small thing to ask of them. Valerie Paynter
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9:50am Thu 20 Feb 14

alandfay says...

The dog owners should only blame themselves!!! Keep your dog on a lead andyou know what the hell your little poo machine is eating! Simples
The dog owners should only blame themselves!!! Keep your dog on a lead andyou know what the hell your little poo machine is eating! Simples alandfay
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11:57am Thu 20 Feb 14

Man of steel says...

One of the first things that a dog should be taught is to not pick up food scraps when out on a walk, also not to accept food from anybody else other than the family.
I watched a tremendous fight between dog and owner over a discarded bag of fish and chips a couple of nights ago, it looked as if the owner was coming very close to being savaged.
One of the first things that a dog should be taught is to not pick up food scraps when out on a walk, also not to accept food from anybody else other than the family. I watched a tremendous fight between dog and owner over a discarded bag of fish and chips a couple of nights ago, it looked as if the owner was coming very close to being savaged. Man of steel
  • Score: 6

2:20pm Thu 20 Feb 14

TedMaul says...

natural selection?
natural selection? TedMaul
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