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4 01, 2021

Use of cannabidiol (CBD) in dogs and cats

2021-01-04T10:44:53+00:00January 4th, 2021|Uncategorized|

New scientific information on use of cannabidiol (CBD) in cats and dogs has been published by the BSAVA. The “Use of cannabidiol (CBD) in dogs and cats” document outlines the legal position about CBD oil use in the UK, and pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of CBD in humans and dogs. It [...]

2 12, 2020

Retrospective Evaluation of Factors Associated with the Morbidity and Outcome of Permethrin Toxicosis in Cats

2020-12-02T15:35:32+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

A paper published in September discusses the clinical course of permethrin toxicosis in cats, and examines whether methocarbamol treatment relates to improved morbidity and outcome. Permethrin toxicosis is a particular issue in cats, as they show increased sensitivity to pyrethroids. The study found that in most cases (89%) toxicosis was caused [...]

2 12, 2020

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

2020-12-02T15:30:04+00:00December 2nd, 2020|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 [...]

2 12, 2020

Case of suspected theobromine poisoning in dairy cattle

2020-12-02T15:25:00+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Theobromine is toxic to most animals, but dogs appear to be particularly sensitive. The increased prevalence of theobromine toxicity in dogs is due to their reduced elimination rate, as well as the fact they have easier access to chocolate due to them co-habiting with us. This is supported by the [...]

29 10, 2020

Luminous necklaces/bracelets

2020-10-29T13:25:02+00:00October 29th, 2020|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 [...]

29 10, 2020

Red berries at this time of year

2020-10-29T13:22:01+00:00October 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

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

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