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22 11, 2022

Luminous necklaces/bracelets

2022-11-22T10:23:45+00:00November 22nd, 2022|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 [...]

22 11, 2022

Red berries at this time of year

2022-11-22T10:21:35+00:00November 22nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Throughout Autumn and Winter, we receive many calls involving animals (mostly dogs) ingesting red berries, whilst on a walk or in the garden. It is often difficult to identify the species of plant, and therefore identify whether ingestion is a toxicological risk. Here, we will discuss the two red berries [...]

22 11, 2022

Alpha-chloralose Rodenticides

2022-11-22T10:20:13+00:00November 22nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

The number of rodenticide enquiries we receive increases as the weather starts to get colder, as rodents attempt to move indoors. The most common type of rodenticides available are anticoagulants, which work by blocking the action of vitamin K, preventing the blood from clotting. Another common active ingredient in rodenticides [...]

22 11, 2022

Fireworks

2022-11-22T10:18:08+00:00November 22nd, 2022|Uncategorized|

Bonfire night is not the only day to be cautious of fireworks, with the whole month seeing an increased prevalence of these mini explosives. Fireworks are a class of low explosive pyrotechnic devices that contain many different ingredients; in most cases, the exact composition of ingested fireworks is unknown. Most [...]

11 10, 2022

Pumpkins

2022-10-11T12:55:13+00:00October 11th, 2022|Uncategorized|

As a popular addition to the doorstep at Halloween, pumpkins, which belong to the Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family may be eaten by pets. Fruits of these plants can contain extremely bitter-tasting compounds, but they have been bred out of crop varieties. Generally, if the pumpkin is shop-bought it is not bitter [...]

11 10, 2022

Dangerous Halloween treats

2022-10-11T12:50:12+00:00October 11th, 2022|Uncategorized|

The weeks surrounding Halloween are usually one of the busiest periods of the year for our team at the VPIS and APL. The season presents many potential hazards to pets, including the consumption of Halloween chocolates and sweets. The primary toxins in chocolate are theobromine and caffeine. Although the concentration [...]

5 09, 2022

Bone meal ingestion in dogs

2022-09-05T10:21:07+00:00September 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|

We have an article published in August’s Vet Record, discussing 255 cases of bone meal ingestion in dogs. Bone meal is a widely used fertiliser, and its ingestion in dogs is common, presumably because they are attracted by the odour. In a case series of 255 cases reported to the [...]

5 09, 2022

Autumn fruits and poisoning

2022-09-05T10:20:28+00:00September 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|

With the end of summer comes the season of autumn fruits including cherry laurel, conkers, rowan and acorns (above). Pets, particularly dogs often eat fallen fruit and ingestion of any plant material can cause gastrointestinal signs. Some fruits such as acorns and conkers also pose a risk of gastrointestinal obstruction. [...]

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