Warning to dog owners

By Ross Findon

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


A VETERINARY surgery has urged dog owners to take care on beaches after several animals consumed what is thought to be a substance that contains palm oil.

Earlier this week, a warning was issued about the danger to animals of ingesting the substance, which can look like lard, after it washed up on on beaches on the mainland.

There have now been reports of it being spotted on the Island, particularly in the Bembridge area.

Tim Watson, of Medina Veterinary Services, said nine animals had been brought into them after eating the substance, which has yet to be tested, but is believed to contain palm oil.

He urged dog owners not to let their animals eat anything on the beach and to report any sightings of the substance to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.

Anyone concerned their dog may have eaten the substance, should contact their vet.


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by Keven Ball

20th February 2014, at 12:40:10

It is important to clean-up after your dog!

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by David Blackford

20th February 2014, at 06:51:30

Dog people just let their dogs run loose. - How many pick up their brown substance?? -

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by John James

19th February 2014, at 22:06:57

Good advise probably best to avoid the beach completely for the time being given with all the rubbish washed up including UXB.

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by Keven Ball

19th February 2014, at 18:25:15

I know dogs aren't allowed on the beach at certain times of the year. However, when they are you have to be careful. Keep dogs on their leads and then you can control their movements more.

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