Published: 13:00, 06 March 2018 |
Updated: 13:16, 06 March 2018
Rock-sized chunks of palm oil deadly to dogs have been washed up along the coast of the Isle of Sheppey.
The white waxy blocks smell like diesel but dogs love it. However, even a small taste can kill them.
Sheppey’s Coastguard rescue officer James Crane said: “As far as we know, we have removed most of the blocks but dog-owners should be extra vigilant.
“I can’t stress enough how dangerous this palm oil can be to dogs.”
The palm oil, sometimes described as “fat-bergs”, is covered in killer germs. It has invaded British beaches after travelling thousands of miles across the Atlantic following storms in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad.
A temporary cordon was put around the substance to prevent dogs getting close and staff from Little Groves Holiday Park, working with Swale council, used a digger to clear the beach and dispose of the blocks.
Mr Crane said: “There were some signs of dogs having scratched at it. We would advise any dog owner who thinks their animal has come into contact with it to seek veterinary assistance.
“Palm oil is very toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting and diarrhoea but can also cause kidney damage and liver failure.”
Resident Janet Holland posted on Facebook: “I understand the large chunks of this have now been removed. But please be aware that sometimes small pieces, the size of pebbles, can be washed up, too.
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