Dog walkers across the UK are being warned after reports of large quantities of palm oil have been washing up on beaches.
The warning comes as a dog was killed after consuming an oil berg on Newgale Beach, in Pembrokeshire.
Palm oil is semi-solid, appears in white lumps and is waxy in appearance, and has a distinctive smell similar to diesel.
Symptoms of palm oil ingestion include diarrhoea, vomiting, dehydration, intestinal blockage, lethargy, and in extreme cases pancreatitis.
Dog experts Kennel Store said: “If a member of the public believes they have spotted palm oil on the beach, it’s advised they dial 999 and ask for the coastguard to make a report. Once a report has been made, it will be investigated by the local and relevant authorities.”