Palm Oil – the dangers
You may have heard recently on the news about palm oil being washed up on some Pembrokeshire beaches. To help worried owners we have some advice.
Palm oil has been appearing on some Pembrokeshire beaches (and elsewhere in the UK). It can enter the water after being legally discarded by ships at sea. It then gets washed across the oceans often exacerbated in storms all the while being contaminated by ocean waste.
It looks like white waxy lumps and some dogs are tempted to eat it.
The palm oil itself is a non-toxic substance but the lumps washing up on beaches smell rotten and this is due to them being contaminated with huge quantities of bacteria. Some dogs have become seriously ill after ingesting even small amounts and there have been cases of fatalities where larger quantities have been eaten.
Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhoea leading to severe dehydration. In dogs that have consumed larger amounts a range of symptoms have been seen including, kidney damage, liver failure and blockages within the gut. Occasionally this has resulted in fatalities or the dog needing to be put to sleep.
We would strongly advise that you avoid walking your dog on any beach where is has been reported to have washed up. If you are worried that your dog may have ingested palm oil please contact us immediately on 01437760111