Warning issued after suspected deposits of palm oil - dangerous to dogs - found on beach at Blackpool

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A warning has gone out to dog owners after deposits of suspected palm oil - which can make dogs seriously ill - was found on a beach at Blackpool.

HM Lytham Coastguards put out the warning after one of its members spotted a post on a local chat group in which a dog walker was holding a huge lump of the substance.

The deposits were found on the beach at Squires Gate, South Shore.

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The Coastguards say they have contacted Blackpool Council to alert them to the issue.

Suspected palm oil has been found washed up on the beach at Squires Gate, BlackpoolSuspected palm oil has been found washed up on the beach at Squires Gate, Blackpool
Suspected palm oil has been found washed up on the beach at Squires Gate, Blackpool | National World

On their Facebook page, HM Lytham Coastguards said: “We have become aware of what are potentially clumps of 'palm oil' washing ashore in our area, with multiple clumps collected and disposed of recently near squires gate by a local dog walker.

“If you come across any while on the coast, you can report sightings of any shoreline pollution to the relevant local authority – usually the local council – or by dialling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.

Either council workers or a Coastguard Rescue Team will attend to start the process of identifying what it is, any risks, and a clean-up, if necessary.

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“Because it’s hard to know exactly what these substances are when they wash up, it’s best to be cautious, steer clear and to keep children away.

“Dog walkers are always advised to keep their pets on a lead on the coast – partly to avoid inquisitive bites of unknown material bringing on tummy troubles or worse.”

According to Vets Now, palm oil is not poisonous to dogs, but it does have a laxative effect and, if eaten, can cause sickness, diarrhoea, dehydration and, in extreme cases, pancreatitis.

Vets Now said palm oil can also be dangerous to dogs because it can contain other toxic products mixed in it, such as diesel oil from ships.

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