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12 08, 2015

Cannabis in dogs

2015-08-12T15:27:16+00:00August 12th, 2015|Seasonal News|

With recent votes legalising the use of both recreational and medicinal cannabis in some US states (Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon) and the growing popularity of cannabis-infused pet products, there has been a lot of discussion around its effect in animals. The US' Pet Poison Helpline have reported a 200% increase in the [...]

4 08, 2015

Hogweed

2015-08-04T17:16:17+00:00August 4th, 2015|Seasonal News|

Branded “the most dangerous plant in Britain”,  hogweed has been making headlines following several news reports of severe dermal reactions in both humans and animals after contact. The plant is rapidly spreading throughout the UK and Ireland, and tends to be found around watersides as well as in grassy areas [...]

8 07, 2015

‘Keeping your Cat Safe’ Campaign

2015-07-08T14:25:28+00:00July 8th, 2015|Seasonal News|

The Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) is teaming up with International Cat Care and Agria Pet Insurance to launch a Keeping your Cat Safe campaign which starts in July 2015. As part of this collaboration, International Cat Care will produce information on the most common cat poisonings, as well as [...]

24 06, 2015

Jellyfish

2015-06-24T15:48:26+00:00June 24th, 2015|Seasonal News|

British resorts could be closed this summer after swarms of large, barrel jellyfish were spotted off the south west coast in recent weeks, and experts are claiming thousands more could potentially be on the way. Wind-driven currents, an ideal water temperature, a long-term food supply and mass breeding are just [...]

8 06, 2015

Fertiliser

2015-06-08T11:53:13+00:00June 8th, 2015|Seasonal News|

With keen gardeners everywhere inspired by The Chelsea Flower Show, the incidence of enthusiastic dogs ingesting varying amounts of fertiliser has increased. The products are of low toxicity but may be irritant to the gastrointestinal tract, causing vomiting and diarrhoea. Any exposure to feet or skin should be washed off [...]

18 05, 2015

Xylitol

2015-05-18T15:22:41+00:00May 18th, 2015|Seasonal News|

Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener commonly found in many chewing gums, sweets, foods, oral rinses, toothpastes and supplements. It also exists naturally in fruit and vegetables (in low concentrations) and is a normal intermediary metabolite in glucose metabolism. However xylitol is also poisonous to dogs. VPIS provided advice on the [...]

29 04, 2015

Bluebells

2015-04-29T13:22:17+00:00April 29th, 2015|Seasonal News|

Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) is a plant native to woods and hedgerows and widely cultivated; it flowers from April to June. All parts of these plants contain scillarens which are cardiac glycosides similar in structure to those of foxglove (Digitalis species). Clinical signs of toxicity are generally gastrointestinal (abdominal pain, vomiting, [...]

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