At this time of year, there are posts circulating social media regarding rapeseed, which are shared extensively and understandably worry many dog owners. The posts state that rapeseed is extremely poisonous for dogs, and can cause signs including haemolytic anaemia, blindness, damaged nervous system, digestive disorders and breathing problems.
These posts are misinformation. The signs mentioned are only seen in grazing animals, and most dogs remain asymptomatic after exposure to rapeseed. Dogs can develop gastrointestinal upset if they have ingested some of the plant, and there have been reports of skin reactions which resemble burns, but this is extremely rare and does not happen to every dog which comes into contact with it.
We have contacted some of the organisation’s posting this content, so they will hopefully be amended soon.