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7 01, 2022

Cough and cold medicines

2022-01-07T11:33:08+00:00January 7th, 2022|Uncategorized|

With colds (and viruses!) rife at this time of the year, many of us may have preparations on hand to alleviate the associated symptoms. Many preparations are readily available (tablets, capsules, drops, sachets, sprays and syrups) and these may contain several active constituents. The types of drugs commonly encountered are [...]

10 12, 2021

Grapes and dried fruits – Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and mince pies

2021-12-10T15:27:07+00:00December 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Another potential Christmas food hazard are grapes and their dried fruits (sultanas, raisins and currants). This includes Christmas pudding, Christmas cake and mince pies. Ingestion of grapes or their dried fruits can cause renal failure in dogs but this only happens in a minority of cases. Not all dogs are [...]

10 12, 2021

Is soybean oil-based intravenous lipid emulsion (IVLE) therapy more effective than olive oil-based (ClinOleic IVLE therapy) for reducing time to recovery in cats with permethrin toxicosis?

2021-12-10T15:25:34+00:00December 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|

A recent Knowledge Summary published in RCVS Veterinary Evidence discusses the difference in recovery time when using different types of lipid emulsion therapy in cats with permethrin toxicosis. Soybean oil-based and ClinOleic IVLE therapies can be used safely as adjuvant treatments to reduce time to recovery in cats with permethrin [...]

10 12, 2021

Activated charcoal: one-off or repeat dose?

2021-12-10T15:17:15+00:00December 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Activated charcoal is an adsorbent commonly used in the management of both human and veterinary poisoning. Charcoal is treated to produce activated charcoal, a finely powdered material with a huge surface area which is capable of binding to a variety of chemicals; this relies mainly on weak intermolecular forces and [...]

10 12, 2021

VPIS Small Animal Poisoning CPD Courses for 2022

2021-12-10T15:07:28+00:00December 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Veterinary Poisons Information Service is pleased to announce the following 2022 CPD course dates aimed at keeping vets and vet nurses up-to-date in small animal toxicology. Wednesday 23rd February  – London (SE1 4PL) Thursday 28th April – Cambridge Wednesday 13th July – Bristol Thursday 15th September – York Friday 25th November [...]

5 11, 2021

Luminous necklaces/bracelets

2021-11-05T14:57:14+00:00November 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

These novelty items are readily available and often chewed/ingested by animals around Halloween and Guy Fawkes’ night. They consist of polyethylene tubing filled with a liquid mixture that gives off a light of various colours. There are normally two components to the mixture, a luminescer (mostly dibutyl phthalate), and an [...]


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