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5 06, 2019

Sweeteners other than xylitol

2019-06-05T13:41:40+00:00June 5th, 2019|Seasonal News|

We are often asked about the safety of sweeteners such as malitol, sorbitol, sucralose and saccharin present as excipients in some medicines. These sweeteners are not hazardous to pets and are also well tolerated in overdose, although some can cause vomiting and diarrhoea. The only sweetener of concern is xylitol. [...]

5 06, 2019

Ivermectin poisoning in reptiles

2019-06-05T13:39:26+00:00June 5th, 2019|Seasonal News|

    One of the abstracts presented at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress in 2018 involved ivermectin poisoning in 19 chelonians. They developed inappetence, weakness, pronounced lethargy and paralysis. Eighteen of them survived with supportive care. Lizards and snakes tolerate ivermectin in therapeutic doses but it is contraindicated in [...]

5 06, 2019

Adverse effects from soda crystal emetic

2019-06-05T13:38:49+00:00June 5th, 2019|Seasonal News|

A recent report highlights the risks of using soda crystals (washing soda, sodium carbonate) as an emetic in dogs. The mechanism of action of washing soda is not fully understood but it is thought to act as a direct alkaline irritant to the mucosa of the upper gastrointestinal tract. The dogs [...]

5 05, 2019

Slug baits – enquiries peak over the next few months

2019-06-05T13:45:27+00:00May 5th, 2019|Seasonal News|

The peak in enquiries about slug baits occurs in May and June. There are 3 main ingredients in slug baits: metaldehyde, ferric phosphate and methiocarb. Metaldehyde causes rapid onset tremors, muscle fasciculation and prolonged seziures. There is no antidote and treatment is supportive with the focus on controlling seizures and preventing [...]

23 08, 2016

Animal PoisonLine

2020-05-05T19:36:09+00:00August 23rd, 2016|Seasonal News|

Animal PoisonLine is run by the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS) and is the only 24-hour specialised emergency telephone service in the UK dedicated to helping pet owners who are worried their pet may have been exposed to something harmful or poisonous. Based on the information the owner provides [...]

5 05, 2016

Oak Processionary Moth Caterpillars

2016-05-05T21:38:04+00:00May 5th, 2016|Seasonal News|

Vets in and around London should be aware of the dangers posed by the hairs of the oak processionary moth caterpillar. Ingestion may cause signs such as hypersalivation, oedema and blistering. There is also a risk of systemic toxicity, such as hyperthermia, respiratory distress and cyanosis. There may be necrosis of [...]

5 02, 2016

Legal high poisoning case

2016-02-05T15:31:13+00:00February 5th, 2016|Seasonal News|

Aramis, a 10 month old beagle, was left suffering with neurological signs soon after he was spotted swallowing a packet of an unknown legal high found on a beach in Scotland. The puppy had to be rushed to the vets (Picture: Cascade) Within an hour post ingestion, Aramis was taken to Robson Veterinary [...]

12 01, 2016

Ethylene glycol poisoning in dogs

2016-01-12T17:42:49+00:00January 12th, 2016|Seasonal News|

Ethylene glycol poisoning is very serious in cats; unless treatment is started within a few hours the prognosis is considered very grave. Indeed, even a very small amount (around a teaspoon of concentrated antifreeze) can cause kidney failure and death. Many cats present too late for effective treatment and either [...]


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