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2 09, 2020

Autumn fruits and poisoning

2020-09-02T09:13:42+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

With the end of summer comes the season of autumn fruits including cherry laurel, conkers, rowan and acorns (above). Pets, particularly dogs often eat fallen fruit and ingestion of any plant material can cause gastrointestinal signs. Some fruits such as acorns and conkers also pose a risk of gastrointestinal obstruction. [...]

2 09, 2020

Indoor companion animal poisoning by plants in Europe

2020-09-02T09:12:40+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

A paper published earlier this month reviews the common household plants implicated in companion animal poisoning. There is an increasing risk of exposure to such plants, as pets are more often allowed and kept indoors, as well as pets’ continued curiosity. The following plants are discussed: Anthurium spp. (flamingo flower), Aucuba japonica (Japanese laurel), Cycas [...]

2 09, 2020

Back to School: The dangers inside a pencil case!

2020-09-02T09:11:44+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

With September comes the 'Back to School' season, and students’ fill their pencil cases with all the essentials - pens, pencils, rubbers, rulers. These are readily accessible to pets and dogs (and other animals!) may chewing and eat various stationery items. The majority of pencil case-fillers are considered ‘non-toxic’, and [...]

2 09, 2020

Reducing the risk of atypical myopathy in horses

2020-09-02T09:10:32+00:00September 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Atypical myopathy (AM) is a frequently fatal muscle disease of horses caused by chronic ingestion of Acer pseudoplatanus (sycamore). Mortality in horses with atypical myopathy caused by sycamore toxicosis is reported to be as high as 57%; in Europe, most cases occur in the autumn, but there is also risk of poisoning [...]

4 08, 2020

International Cat Day – 8th August 2020

2020-08-04T13:35:35+00:00August 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|

International Cat Day on August 8th, provides us with 24 hours of recognition and appreciation for one of humanities oldest and most beloved pets. It is a day to raise awareness for cats and their care, and learn about ways to help and protect them. This year, custodianship of International [...]

4 08, 2020

In dogs with metaldehyde intoxication, are benzodiazepines more effective than methocarbamol in relaxing muscles and reducing tremors?

2020-08-04T13:32:17+00:00August 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|

A Knowledge Summary published last month, discusses whether benzodiazepines (e.g. diazepam, midazolam) are more effective than methocarbamol in relaxing muscles and reducing tremors, in dogs with metaldehyde intoxication. The piece critically reviewed the five retrospective case series available in the literature, involving cases treated mainly with benzodiazepines, a few of [...]

4 08, 2020

Ambulatory electrocardiography and serum cardiac troponin I measurement in 21 dogs envenomated by the European adder

2020-08-04T13:30:47+00:00August 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|

As many veterinary professionals know, annually we see a great deal of envenomation cases by the European adder (Vipera berus) in dogs, and it is quite common in Europe. Among oedema and other clinical signs, these cases often include cardiac arrythmias, yet little research has been conducted in this area. [...]

4 08, 2020

Cooling mats for pets

2020-08-04T13:27:58+00:00August 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Due to the warm weather, over the past month, we have seen an increase in the number of calls received involving cooling mats. These mats are available in various sizes for both cats and dogs and are used to try and keep pets cool in the warm weather. With the [...]

2 07, 2020

Product Recall: Primula Cheese Spreads and Botulism Concerns

2020-07-02T12:51:00+00:00July 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Primula, a company who primarily produce various flavours of soft cheese, have recently recalled a number of their products due to fears they could contain Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria which can cause botulism. We are aware that many dog owners use these cheese spreads as training aids, as such you may [...]

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