Dog owners warned of palm oil on coastline

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DOG owners have been warned about a waxy substance along the coastline which the GSPCA believe could be palm oil.

The public has been advised not to remove the palm oil but if anyone has picked any up, they should double-wrap it in plastic and dispose of it with their normal refuse.

'We have [had] reports of the white, oily substance being seen along our coast here in Guernsey and we ask that all dog owners are being vigilant,' GSPCA manager Steve Byrne said.

'Many of us enjoy the many beaches that are open to dogs during the winter months but this waxy substance can be life-threatening if eaten by your pet.'

Mr Byrne explained that the main problems for dogs that have ingested palm oil are vomiting and diarrhoea which can lead to dehydration, particularly in young or small dogs.

Picture supplied by the GSPCA of palm oil found on the coast. (26330650)

'We would suggest that anyone with a dog that has eaten palm oil contact their vet immediately for advice, particularly if the dog is already unwell.

'There is no specific treatment but the dog may need medication to control vomiting and intravenous fluid to treat or prevent dehydration.'

However, it is best if an owner can prevent their pet from being exposed to the substance.

Islanders who spot the waxy substance should contact asked to contact the environment services unit who will remove it on 717200 during office hours or email

To see details of beach restrictions click here.

Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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