In the UK, slugs are active most of the year, but their activity is particularly prominant in the upcoming months- meaning cases of molluscicide posioning are likely to increase.

Metaldehyde is a common ingredient of molluscicide preparations and is toxic to dogs. It is most commonly ingested in the form of slug bait pellets (see image to the right) and frequently results in prolonged convulsant activity.

paper published last month in BMC Veterinary Research assessed metaldehyde poisoning in dogs, presenting a fatal case which was confirmed at post mortem using gas chromatography.

Accidental exposure to metaldehyde in dogs is uncommon, but severe. Based on current literature, the fatality rate of metaldehyde poisoning in dogs is 14-17%. Canines are not the only species at risk, with metaldehyde toxicosis also being reported in cats.

Whilst there is no direct antidote available, treatment is largely supportive and we are here to support you in the management of any metaldehyde toxicosis cases.