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27 05, 2021

Chocolate ingestion in 156 dogs

2021-05-27T09:30:23+00:00May 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|

An open access paper published earlier this year discusses the clinical features and outcome of dogs after chocolate ingestion. The study evaluates the clinical signs and pathological findings, treatment, and outcome of 156 dogs after chocolate ingestion. The authors found 72% of dogs were asymptomatic; more than half of the symptomatic [...]

27 05, 2021

Abstracts from EAPCCT Congress 2021

2021-05-27T09:26:11+00:00May 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Congress of the European Association of Poison Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT) was virtual this year and we presented three posters. The abstracts for the congress are available to view online. Our abstracts are: When does xylitol-induced hypoglycaemia occur in dogs? The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on call numbers [...]

27 05, 2021

Rapeseed- Misinformed Social Media Posts

2021-05-27T09:23:12+00:00May 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|

There have been various posts circulating on social media regarding rapeseed, which have been shared extensively and understandably worried many dog owners. The post’s state that rapeseed is extremely poisonous to dogs, and can cause signs including haemolytic anaemia, blindness, damaged nervous system, digestive disorders and breathing problems. These posts [...]

27 05, 2021

Rabbit Awareness Week- June 2021

2021-05-27T09:21:34+00:00May 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|

This year, 28th June marks the beginning of Rabbit Awareness Week (RAW) 2021. Endorsed by the British Veterinary Association and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, this year RAW will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary! With their inquisitive and social nature, rabbits are an increasingly popular choice of pet. Like [...]

27 05, 2021

Message from the RVC

2021-05-27T09:17:16+00:00May 27th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Dear Colleagues, We have had several cats present to the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals at the Royal Veterinary College in the past month with severe pancytopenia, with most having severe generalised bone marrow hypo- to aplasia. Some cats have presented at the same time from the same household. This [...]

5 05, 2021

Dachshund puppy recovers from vitamin D toxicity

2021-05-05T11:07:21+00:00May 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

As reported in vet times, Margot, a miniature dachshund, had a narrow escape after suffering potentially fatal vitamin D toxicity by devouring a tube of ointment for humans. Margot ingested Dovonex®, a dermal treatment for psoriasis in humans that contains the synthetic vitamin D3 analogue, calcipotriol. Margot presented with severe hypercalcaemia [...]

5 05, 2021

Risk of poisoning from 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) supplements

2021-05-05T11:06:17+00:00May 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

With gyms reopening and summer holidays on the horizon, many of us are trying to get into shape with workouts and dietary supplements. There are a wide range of dietary supplements available, some of which will have a medical validity and some will be taken as a way of aiding [...]

5 05, 2021

Surgical spirit used in error in dental machines

2021-05-05T10:56:30+00:00May 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

We have had several cases reported to us where surgical spirit has accidentally been put into a dental machine rather than purified water resulting in often serious clinical signs.  The error seems to occur because the bottles of both products are identical.  The VPIS are currently working with manufacturers to [...]

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