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8 06, 2015


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


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


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, [...]

19 03, 2015

Poisoning of Irish setter after Crufts show

2015-03-19T17:34:31+00:00March 19th, 2015|Seasonal News|

We are saddened by the death of Jagger, the Irish setter, who had taken part in Crufts earlier this month, after probable poisoning with carbamate pesticides (carbofuran and aldicarb*). An investigation suggests that the poison was most likely eaten many hours after the dog had left Crufts. Although the exact source [...]

9 12, 2014

Christmas Plants – Mistletoe and Poinsettia

2014-12-09T14:02:04+00:00December 9th, 2014|Seasonal News|

Most cases reported to VPIS occur around December - January, when these plants are commonly used as a festive decoration and will therefore be found indoors. Mistletoe (Viscum album), a.k.a. European mistletoe Although mistletoe contains toxic compounds, the plant is considered to be of low toxicity. It contains a mixture [...]

2 12, 2014

Revised treatment doses for chocolate

2014-12-02T17:17:00+00:00December 2nd, 2014|Seasonal News|

We have recently reviewed and revised our treatment doses for chocolate. The revised doses are based on case data analysis (of over 700 cases where the dose of chocolate eaten was estimated or known) and analysis of original sources where the theobromine content of chocolate products was measured. Toxic effects [...]

28 11, 2014

FECAVA Congress 2014

2014-11-28T11:48:56+00:00November 28th, 2014|Seasonal News|

VPIS had the amazing opportunity to exhibit at the FECAVA Congress in Munich early November where we had the chance to meet and speak with many vets from Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Swizerland, Greece, Serbia, Lithuania, Hungary and several other European countries. In addition to learning from their experiences of handling [...]

24 10, 2014

Alabama Rot/ New Forest Syndrome Update

2014-10-24T15:28:06+00:00October 24th, 2014|Seasonal News|

Idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), also known as Alabama Rot or Greenetrack Disease , was first described in America in the 1980s. It was initially thought to only affect grey-hounds but has since been reported in other breeds. Dogs presented with kidney injury and/or skin lesions; the aetiology remains unknown. A small number [...]

19 09, 2014

VPIS will be attending FECAVA 2014

2014-09-19T16:45:59+00:00September 19th, 2014|Seasonal News|

The VPIS will be present at the 20th Eurocongress of the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) held in Munich in November. Our stand is number EG-52; we look forward to seeing you there! For more information on this event, please visit the FECAVA website here.

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