Dog owners across the country are being warned after reports of large quantities of palm oil have been washing up on UK beaches, with Cumbria and Felixstowe being named as just two locations affected. Whilst ingestion is not fatal for humans, it can be toxic and sometimes fatal to dogs. Google Trends shows a 5,000% increase in searches for ‘is palm oil toxic for dogs’ so this information is actively being researched and concerned pet owners want to keep their dogs as safe as possible.
Dog experts Kennel Store have weighed in and provided an expert comment, explaining the risk palm oil poses to dogs when ingested, what to do if members of the public see palm oil on a beach, and the symptoms of poisoning.
“When walking on beaches, keep an eye out to ensure your dog isn’t consuming palm oil accidentally. Palm oil is often found in a semi solid state, meaning it can pose a risk to dogs and can cause blockages in the digestive system.
What should I do if I encounter palm oil at the beach?
If a member of the public believes they have spotted palm oil on the beach, it’s advised they dial 999 and ask for the coastguard to make a report. Once a report has been made, it will be investigated by the local and relevant authorities.
What does palm oil look like?
Palm oil is semi- solid and appears in white lumps and is waxy in appearance. It has a distinctive smell; similar to diesel.
Symptoms of palm oil ingestion
When to contact a vet
Due to the solid state of palm oil, it’s important you contact a vet as this could cause an intestinal blockage. This is considered a veterinary emergency and needs to be dealt with quickly. In some instances, when consumed in large quantities dogs have suffered from kidney damage and liver failure, so medical intervention is vital.
Even if your dog has consumed a small amount, monitor your dog closely and if they show signs of becoming unwell, contact a vet as soon as possible.”
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