Dog owners warned about white substance on beaches

Environmental officials in Guernsey and Jersey are asking islanders to keep their dogs away from the substance, which could be rancid oil.

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Jersey dog owners warned about 'waxy' substance on beaches

The substance has already been found on beaches in Guernsey. Credit: PA

Dog owners in Jersey are being warned to keep their pets away from a "waxy" white substance that has been found on the island's beaches.

The Department of the Environment says it's similar to the substance that was washed up on beaches in December.

At the time, analysis showed it was an oil-based wax, such as paraffin wax.

It's thought it could pose a danger to dogs that consume it.

The substance has been spotted at beaches on the south east coast, at La Mare, the Dicq and Green Island.

Earlier this week a similar substance was identified on beaches in Guernsey.

GSPCA warning to dog walkers

Islanders are warned to keep their dogs away from the substance. Credit: PA

The GSPCA is warning dog owners in Guernsey about a white substance that has been found on the island's beaches.

Yesterday, the Environment Department issued its own message of advice to islanders, and said it's cleaning up the substance where it is found:

We have had reports of the white oily substance being seen along Vazon and the Environment Department and the GSPCA would like to warn all dog owners along the coast of the potential dangers to their pets.

We don't know if it is palm oil which has been seen in the past and this is a white oily looking substance, which if ingested can kill a dog so please keep a very close eye on them when along the coast.

The main problems are vomiting and diarrhoea and these can lead to dehydration, particularly in young or small dogs.

There is also a potential risk of pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreatitis) which can result in vague, non-specific signs including vomiting and diarrhoea.

This is a risk in dogs that eat a large amount of any fatty or oily food substance.

At the GSPCA we would suggest anyone with a dog that has eaten palm oil contact their vet immediately for advice, particularly if the dog is already unwell.

There is no specific treatment but the dog may need medication to control vomiting and intravenous fluid to treat or prevent dehydration."

– Steve Byrne, GSPCA Manager

The Environment Department is asking people to let them know if they spot the substance, by calling 717200.

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Warning to keep dogs away from 'white substance'

People are being warned to keep their dogs away from the substances. Credit: PA

Dog owners in Guernsey are being warned to keep their pets away from any white substance they find on the island's beaches.

Small lumps of the waxy substance have been spotted today (1 June) at Vazon Bay by the States Works beach cleaning team.

They say a similar substance found in Devon and Cornwall last year was identified as degraded edible oil or fat.

If it is degraded oil, it could pose a danger to dogs if it's gone rancid, but will not be dangerous to people.

The Environment Department's warning people to keep their dogs away from it.

It's also reminding them to stop their pets from eating seaweed, which can cause intestinal obstruction.

They will be removing the substance where they find it, and are asking people to let them know if they spot any, by calling 717200.

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