Urgent warning to dog owners after storms

Vets have warned dog owners to keep their pets away from the shoreline after this week’s storms.

The poisonous hemlock water dropwort – which can prove fatal to dogs – has again been sighted in the Helensburgh area.

Parklea Veterinary Surgery in East King Street issued an urgent warning tonight (Tuesday), saying: “We have been informed of sightings of Hemlock along the shoreline in Helensburgh, at East Bay.

“This can be deadly to dogs if eaten. It is thought that it has been exposed by yesterday’s weather. Please avoid the shore if possible.”

Earlier this year a dog died within 20 minutes after eating the poisonous vegetation on the shore near Cardross.

The plant’s roots, or tubers, are usually buried underground but can be exposed during stormy weather