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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 [...]

2 09, 2019

Gastroprotectants in cats and dogs

2019-09-02T10:25:36+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

We have changed our recomendations for gastroprotectants, particularly for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) overdose, in line with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) consensus statement. With respect to gastroprotectants for the management of gastroduodenal ulceration and erosion the concensus is that proton pump inhibitors are superior to H2-receptor antagonists, [...]

30 08, 2019

Starburst gums – risk of rapid onset hypoglycaemia

2019-08-30T15:36:45+00:00August 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

We have been monitoring cases of Starburst Fruit Mixies and Starburst Strawberry Cubes and recently published a small case series in Veterinary Record. These products contain a high concentration of xylitol and are a mix between a sweet and a gum. It appears that this type of product commonly causes severe [...]

1 08, 2019

VPIS and APL – how the services differ

2019-08-01T10:40:42+00:00August 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Thank you to all the vets who have recommended their clients call Animal PoisonLine, our owners' helpline. It continues to be a huge success and our data shows that we are able to reassure approximately 75% of owners that they can stay at home after calling us – reducing stress [...]

1 08, 2019

Blue green algae – a risk this summer

2019-08-01T10:37:03+00:00August 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

A number of water bodies around the country have been closed this summer due to the presence of high levels of blue green algae. Under certain environmental conditions blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) can quickly form extensive blooms which can be blown over the surface and concentrate close to shore making them [...]

1 07, 2019

Activated charcoal – not without risks

2019-07-01T08:24:13+00:00July 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Activated charcoal is commonly used as an absorbant in the management of poisoning. It is a finely powdered material with a huge surface area, which is capable of binding a variety of drugs and chemicals. Charcoal is given orally and passes through the gut, binding with the ingested substance and thereby reducing or [...]

1 07, 2019

Avocado – is it poisonous?

2019-07-01T08:21:21+00:00July 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Avocado leaves, bark, fruit and seeds are toxic to some animals. The active principle is believed to be persin but its mechanism of action has not been fully elucidated. Poisoning has been reported in birds (chickens, cockatiels, budgies, canaries, ostriches), horses, goats, sheep, mice and rabbits. A recent report described [...]

1 07, 2019

Risks of naproxen in dogs

2019-07-01T08:20:26+00:00July 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used in human medicine. Dogs are particularly sensitive to naproxen which is a propionic acid NSAID (like ibuprofen). Dogs may ingest by accident or misguided owners may give it to their pet for apparent pain. In dogs the main risks or naproxen exposure [...]

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