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5 05, 2021

Dachshund puppy recovers from vitamin D toxicity

2021-05-05T11:07:21+00:00May 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

As reported in vet times, Margot, a miniature dachshund, had a narrow escape after suffering potentially fatal vitamin D toxicity by devouring a tube of ointment for humans. Margot ingested Dovonex®, a dermal treatment for psoriasis in humans that contains the synthetic vitamin D3 analogue, calcipotriol. Margot presented with severe hypercalcaemia [...]

5 05, 2021

Risk of poisoning from 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) supplements

2021-05-05T11:06:17+00:00May 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

With gyms reopening and summer holidays on the horizon, many of us are trying to get into shape with workouts and dietary supplements. There are a wide range of dietary supplements available, some of which will have a medical validity and some will be taken as a way of aiding [...]

5 05, 2021

Surgical spirit used in error in dental machines

2021-05-05T10:56:30+00:00May 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

We have had several cases reported to us where surgical spirit has accidentally been put into a dental machine rather than purified water resulting in often serious clinical signs.  The error seems to occur because the bottles of both products are identical.  The VPIS are currently working with manufacturers to [...]

5 05, 2021

Cause of grape induced kidney injury in dogs?

2021-05-05T10:52:34+00:00May 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

A recent letter in JAVMA has suggested that tartaric acid is the cause of acute kidney injury in dogs (Wegenast C. Meadows I, Anderson R, Southard T. JAVMA. 2021;258(1):706-707). The evidence provided includes cases of renal failure in dogs that have eaten cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate); one dog had [...]

5 05, 2021

VPIS Small Animal Poisoning CPD Courses for 2020

2021-05-05T10:48:41+00:00May 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

We are pleased to announce our 2021 CPD course dates. Both courses will be based at our London office. We hope to travel to more locations in 2022 when we are sure of COVID guidelines. Thursday 23rd September 2021 - London (SE1 4PL) Tuesday 30th November 2021 - London (SE1 [...]

6 04, 2021

Dispensing and administration errors

2021-04-06T15:43:17+00:00April 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

We have seen a rise in enquiries involving dispensing or administration errors, which is likely due to the increased pressure everyone in practice is currently facing. It is important to note that for some medications, we would not expect serious effects from an overdose; however, with others there is a [...]

6 04, 2021

Processionary Moth Caterpillars

2021-04-06T15:35:41+00:00April 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

We have recently had a few cases involving oak processionary moth (OPM) caterpillars. OPM caterpillars have hairs containing toxic compounds that irritate the eyes and mouth. Inquisitive pets that come into contact with the caterpillars or their nests may develop excessive drooling, swollen tongue, conjunctivitis, gagging, vomiting, difficulty breathing or [...]

6 04, 2021

Patio Cleaners

2021-04-06T15:30:27+00:00April 6th, 2021|Uncategorized|

With lots of us getting our gardens ready for the Spring we have noticed a rise in enquiries involving animals exposed to patio cleaners. The ingredients of these cleaners can differ; however, most contain benzalkonium chloride (BAC), which is also found in many household disinfectants. Exposure most commonly occurs when [...]

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