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30 10, 2019

Intranasal midazolam – for emergency control of seizures

2019-10-30T14:22:08+00:00October 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Status epilepticus is an emergency that requires rapid and effective treatment to prevent neurological injury and systemic complications of prolonged seizure activity. A number of poisons, such as metaldehyde, tremorgenic mycotoxins and permethrin, can cause prolonged seizures. A recent multi-centre randomised study compared intranasal and intravenous midazolam in dogs with status [...]

30 10, 2019

Mushroom poisoning – lots of cases this month

2019-10-30T14:19:33+00:00October 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The mild, warm wet weather this month lead to lots of enquiries about dogs eating mushrooms and we have had several fatal cases. Many mushrooms just cause gastrointestinal signs but some that are less common, cause delayed (> 6 hours) gastrointestinal signs (which are usually severe), renal and/or liver failure. [...]

30 10, 2019

Fireworks – are they poisonous?

2019-10-30T14:16:46+00:00October 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Fireworks have six components: fuel (usually charcoal, although phosphorous has been used), oxidising agents (usually nitrates, chlorate or perchlorate), reducing agents (usually sulphur and charcoal), regulators (usually metals), colouring agents (such as barium, copper, calcium, sodium, strontium) and binders (usually dextrin). Ingestion of a used domestic firework is unlikely to [...]

30 10, 2019

Halloween – Pumpkins, sweets and luminous necklaces

2019-10-30T14:14:37+00:00October 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Ingestion of pumpkins including seeds is generally not a concern and may cause mild gastrointestinal upset. These fruits can contain extremely bitter-tasting compounds but they have been bred out of crop varieties. Very occasionally these compounds can occur in cultivated species through mutation, environmental stress or an outcross with a [...]

1 10, 2019

Sycamore, hypoglycin A and equines

2019-10-01T10:51:37+00:00October 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

One of the most important hazards for horses in the autumn is atypical myopathy, a muscle disease with high mortality. It is associated with chronic ingestion of seeds or seedlings of some commonly grown Acer species including sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) and ashleaf maple (box elder, Acer negundo). Sycamore is the most [...]

1 10, 2019

Ropinirole eye drops – an emetic for dogs

2019-10-01T10:46:57+00:00October 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Ropinirole is a full dopamine agonist with high selectivity for dopamine D2-type receptors. A new study examined the effectiveness and ease of administration by owners of ropinirole eyes drops for the induction of emesis in dogs. Most of the dogs (95%) vomited within 30 minutes of administration and the median time to [...]

1 10, 2019

Cherry laurel and other cyanide containing plants

2019-10-01T10:45:07+00:00October 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) and many other Prunus species, including peaches, cherries, apricots, plums and nectarines contain cyanogenic glycosides. These compounds are hydrolysed by an enzyme to produce hydrogen cyanide (HCN, hydrocyanic or prussic acid). In intact plant material the cyanogenic glycosides are separated from the enzyme, and it is only when [...]

1 10, 2019

New CPD Dates

2019-10-01T10:41:22+00:00October 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Our CPD courses are aimed at keeping vets and vet nurses up-to-date in small animal toxicology. Each course equates to 6 hours of CPD and covers key areas such as decontamination and common or tricky poisonings in cats and dogs. **NEW**Our 2020 CPD dates** Thursday 6th February 2020 - London Thursday 19th March 2020 [...]

2 09, 2019

Metaldehyde slug bait – the ban has been overturned

2019-09-02T10:28:16+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

We previously reported that a ban on outdoor use of metaldehyde slug pellets was to come into force next year, however, it has been announced that this has been overturned following a High Court challenge by a manufacturer. The ban followed advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides and [...]

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