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6 02, 2024

Antifreeze and ethylene glycol

2024-02-06T16:23:15+00:00February 6th, 2024|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 and differs between cats and dogs. Given the small amount needed to cause [...]

6 02, 2024

Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dragon!

2024-02-06T16:22:38+00:00February 6th, 2024|Uncategorized|

February 10th marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. The fifth animal of the Chinese zodiac; those born in the year of the dragon are said to be strong, successful, honourable, and fortunate. We have received 26 enquiries involving dragons (bearded and water) with varying agents, including human [...]

6 02, 2024

Major Incident declared in Liverpool

2024-02-06T16:20:30+00:00February 6th, 2024|Uncategorized|

On 22nd January, we were informed of an incident in Childwall, Liverpool involving several dogs being admitted to local vet practices after walking through a park. It was reported at the time that the dogs had come into contact with a substance, thought to be an opioid. At least 3 dogs [...]

19 12, 2023

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

2023-12-19T17:31:44+00:00December 19th, 2023|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 [...]

19 12, 2023

Festive plants

2023-12-19T17:28:10+00:00December 19th, 2023|Uncategorized|

We have already started receiving enquiries involving various festive plants this year. Here is a summary of the species we most commonly receive calls about: Holly - (Ilex aquifolium) Holly can cause – in dogs - hypersalivation, vomiting, inappetence, diarrhoea, lethargy and depression. Animals may also shake their head and smack [...]

19 12, 2023

Christmas means chocolate!

2023-12-19T17:27:05+00:00December 19th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Christmas is associated with an excess of food and top of the list is chocolate. This of course means an increase in cases of accidental ingestion in pets, particularly dogs. We see a huge increase in call numbers relating to chocolate at this time of year – around 20% of [...]

19 12, 2023

Cerbera odollam (suicide tree, pong pong) used as plant decoration

2023-12-19T17:22:22+00:00December 19th, 2023|Uncategorized|

We have been notified that a poisonous plant is being used as decoration in a pot plant that can be purchased in garden centres and possibly florists. The pot plant is Livistona rotundifolia (footstool palm; also known as Saribus rotundifolius) and pots of these plants are decorated with three fibrous [...]

19 12, 2023

‘Anatomy of a Fall’ film release

2023-12-19T17:17:40+00:00December 19th, 2023|Uncategorized|

It has been brought to our attention that there is a newly released film titled 'Anatomy of a Fall' (Original title: Anatomie d'une chute) that is currently being screened in cinemas across the UK. During the film, a dog is intentionally administered human medications and then subsequently given salt water [...]


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