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3 02, 2022

Valentines gifts- chocolate and flowers

2022-02-03T16:33:11+00:00February 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Valentines Day is traditionally an opportunity to shower the ones we love with gifts - usually in the form of chocolates and flowers. Although some of us may love our pets enough to warrant gifting them this Valentines, it is important to remember the dangers of these agents to our [...]

3 02, 2022

Retrospective evaluation of acute salbutamol (albuterol) exposure in dogs: 501 cases

2022-02-03T16:31:00+00:00February 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

In January, we published a case series of salbutamol toxicosis in dogs in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, discussing the common clinical signs, with onset and duration, treatments given, and outcome. The article retrospectively studies the data from five hundred and one canine cases reported to the [...]

3 02, 2022

Antifreeze and ethylene glycol

2022-02-03T16:21:23+00:00February 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Unsurprisingly, the VPIS sees an increase of antifreeze (which usually contains ethylene glycol) cases during the winter months, as motorists prepare their cars for the drop in temperatures. The toxic dose for companion animals is alarmingly small (treatment is recommended for any amount ingested by cats, and 2ml/kg for dogs). Given [...]

3 02, 2022

Chinese New Year – the Year of the Tiger!

2022-02-03T16:14:43+00:00February 3rd, 2022|Uncategorized|

This month we celebrate bringing in the Chinese New Year. February 1st marks the beginning of the Year of the Tiger. The third animal of the Chinese zodiac, the tiger denotes bravery, competitiveness and confidence. We have received a small number of enquiries involving tigers with varying circumstances, including overdose [...]

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 [...]

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