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8 03, 2022

Spring Flowers

2022-03-08T13:21:00+00:00March 8th, 2022|Uncategorized|

We receive many enquiries regarding the ingestion of daffodil bulbs and flowers (Narcissus species) during the Spring months, and although most cases result in only mild signs, serious effects can occur occasionally. All parts of the plant contain alkaloids and glycosides, although they are most concentrated in the bulb; the exact [...]

8 03, 2022

Ban on the use of metaldehyde

2022-03-08T13:14:49+00:00March 8th, 2022|Uncategorized|

The decision to prohibit the use of metaldehyde was announced in September 2020, following the advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about the risks that metaldehyde poses to birds and mammals. The ban on metaldehyde is applicable to all users, [...]

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 [...]


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