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Waxy substance fatal to dogs found off Fylde coast

The white waxy substance is thought to be rancid palm oil. Photo: PA

A substance believed to be rancid Palm oil has been found on both Cleveleys and Fleetwood beaches.

This substance has already been causing havoc in Cornwall where there are suspicions that it came onto beaches after being dumped at sea.

Dog owners are being warned to keep an eye on their dogs at all times as the substance is both fatal if ingested but also seems to be irresistible to them.

The substance is irresistible to dogs and fatal to them if ingested. Credit: PA

A dog owner from Fleetwood told 'Visit Fylde Coast': "Last summer I came across this substance on Fleetwood beach. It was a massive piece as big as a small armchair. There were other quite big pieces which floated. Me, the kids and my dog were all smashing it and the dog was playing with it.

My dog fell ill and she stopped breathing and I left my children and ran to my vets carrying the dog. They had no idea what caused this and we nearly lost her. God knows how she pulled through but luckily she did

– Kevin, dog owner from Fleetwood

If you do see any of this substance on Fylde Coast beaches, please report it to the appropriate local council as a matter of urgency.