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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 [...]

5 06, 2019

Confirmed adder bite in a cat

2019-06-05T13:47:44+00:00June 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

One of our previous cases has been published. The cat presented with pyrexia and tachycardia and then returned 48 hours later with inability to defecate or urinate and with tail paralysis. There was swelling and bruising at the tail base but no radiographic evidence of a tail pull injury. The owner [...]

5 06, 2019

VPIS Membership changes from 1st May 2019

2019-06-06T12:29:00+00:00June 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

VPIS is the UK’s only animal poison centre and our team of vets and toxicologists provide 24 hour telephone advice on the management of suspected or confirmed poisonings in any animal.  We provide all the information needed to proceed with the case in the appropriate way, informing vets of the [...]

5 05, 2019

5-Fluorouracil cream – high risk of severe poisoning in pets

2019-06-05T13:46:36+00:00May 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is used in human medicine for the mangement of dermal neoplasms and actinic keratoses. It is typically available in a 5% cream and only a small dose causes severe poisoning in cats and dogs. 5-FU poisoning is characterised by gastrointestinal signs, neurotoxicity and bone marrow depression. A recent letter [...]

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