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1 10, 2019

Cherry laurel and other cyanide containing plants

2019-10-01T10:45:07+00:00October 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) and many other Prunus species, including peaches, cherries, apricots, plums and nectarines contain cyanogenic glycosides. These compounds are hydrolysed by an enzyme to produce hydrogen cyanide (HCN, hydrocyanic or prussic acid). In intact plant material the cyanogenic glycosides are separated from the enzyme, and it is only when [...]

1 10, 2019

New CPD Dates

2019-10-01T10:41:22+00:00October 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Our CPD courses are aimed at keeping vets and vet nurses up-to-date in small animal toxicology. Each course equates to 6 hours of CPD and covers key areas such as decontamination and common or tricky poisonings in cats and dogs. **NEW**Our 2020 CPD dates** Thursday 6th February 2020 - London Thursday 19th March 2020 [...]

2 09, 2019

Metaldehyde slug bait – the ban has been overturned

2019-09-02T10:28:16+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

We previously reported that a ban on outdoor use of metaldehyde slug pellets was to come into force next year, however, it has been announced that this has been overturned following a High Court challenge by a manufacturer. The ban followed advice from the UK Expert Committee on Pesticides and [...]

2 09, 2019

Gastroprotectants in cats and dogs

2019-09-02T10:25:36+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

We have changed our recomendations for gastroprotectants, particularly for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) overdose, in line with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) consensus statement. With respect to gastroprotectants for the management of gastroduodenal ulceration and erosion the concensus is that proton pump inhibitors are superior to H2-receptor antagonists, [...]

30 08, 2019

Starburst gums – risk of rapid onset hypoglycaemia

2019-08-30T15:36:45+00:00August 30th, 2019|Uncategorized|

We have been monitoring cases of Starburst Fruit Mixies and Starburst Strawberry Cubes and recently published a small case series in Veterinary Record. These products contain a high concentration of xylitol and are a mix between a sweet and a gum. It appears that this type of product commonly causes severe [...]

1 08, 2019

VPIS and APL – how the services differ

2019-08-01T10:40:42+00:00August 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Thank you to all the vets who have recommended their clients call Animal PoisonLine, our owners' helpline. It continues to be a huge success and our data shows that we are able to reassure approximately 75% of owners that they can stay at home after calling us – reducing stress [...]

1 08, 2019

Blue green algae – a risk this summer

2019-08-01T10:37:03+00:00August 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

A number of water bodies around the country have been closed this summer due to the presence of high levels of blue green algae. Under certain environmental conditions blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) can quickly form extensive blooms which can be blown over the surface and concentrate close to shore making them [...]

1 07, 2019

Activated charcoal – not without risks

2019-07-01T08:24:13+00:00July 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Activated charcoal is commonly used as an absorbant in the management of poisoning. It is a finely powdered material with a huge surface area, which is capable of binding a variety of drugs and chemicals. Charcoal is given orally and passes through the gut, binding with the ingested substance and thereby reducing or [...]

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