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Rapeseed Warning

Updated: Jun 26, 2023

Rapeseed is beginning to flower - the fields look absolutely beautiful and it can be tempting to allow your dogs to run through the sunshine yellow crop. However, it would be best advised to stick to designated footpaths and not allow your dogs to stray.

Read below to find out more.

Rapeseed can cause problems as a result of coming into contact with the plant and flower - to protect the crop and your pet it would be best advised to stay away and keep to the footpaths.

Dogs can develop gastrointestinal issues if they ingest some of the plant. There have also been reports of skin reactions which resemble burns that can cause pain and discomfort and require treatment. Thankfully both of these outcomes are rare!

In grazing animals we may see signs including haemolytic anaemia, blindness, damaged nervous system, digestive disorders and breathing problems - in our companion animals this is not commonly seen.

If your pet has been in contact with rapeseed and is showing any inflammation of the skin or around the eyes, skin irritation or wounds or any other concerning clinical signs - contact your vets for further advice.

The VPIS have shared this information to help understanding:


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