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27 03, 2020

Household disinfectants – the risk to pets

2020-03-27T09:27:02+00:00March 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

To help reduce the spread of coronavirus, government advice is to wash our hands and to clean surfaces regularly. It is important to take extra care, however, with pets in the household since commonly used disinfectants are irritant and can cause local tissue damage in cats and dog that lick [...]

27 03, 2020

VPIS and APL are available 24 hours a day

2020-03-27T09:22:17+00:00March 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Following on from the government announcements and with the rapidly changing situation we are all finding ourselves in regarding COVID-19 I would like to reassure all veterinary practices that we have put measures in place to ensure that our service to you will not be affected. After speaking to several [...]

2 03, 2020

Cannabis oil, hemp oil, CBD oil – what is the difference?

2020-03-02T09:19:41+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Cannabis products are much in the news currently and there can be confusion about the names of the various types of extracts. Different strains of cannabis plants contain varying quanities of two main active compounds: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is pyschoactive and non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD). Hemp oil (also known as hemp seed oil) [...]

5 02, 2020

Obtaining drugs for the emergency treatment of poisoning – Elixir from CVS

2020-02-05T16:27:02+00:00February 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Access to emergency drugs may sometimes be an issue in the management of poisoning. In order to further address this CVS, who have a large network of practices, including out of hours and referral centres, have launched Elixir. A number of CVS practices now hold the following drugs and have made them [...]

5 02, 2020

Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rat

2020-02-05T16:25:55+00:00February 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Chinese New Year is the Year of the Rat. Although most of the cases in our database concern dogs and cats, we have over 100 cases involving rats exposed to a wide variety of substances including drugs, pesticides, chemicals, plants and household products. Two of the most common agents [...]

2 01, 2020

Anticoagulant rodenticides – some reminders

2020-01-02T09:13:33+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Anticoagulant rodenticides continue to be one the most common enquiries to VPIS, particularly in dogs. A single ingestion of a small amount of anticoagulant rodenticide is usually not a problem, but it may be difficult to know if the animal has eaten any other bait. The owner may be certain [...]

2 01, 2020

Allium poisoning – not just cats and dogs are at risk

2020-01-02T09:11:16+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Allium species include onions, garlic and leeks. These plants contain a variety of organosulphoxides. Metabolism of the organosulphoxides causes oxidative damage to haemoglobin which results in sulphaemoglobin and this precipitates, aggregates and binds to cell membranes forming Heinz bodies. Eccentrocytes form due to direct oxidative damage to cell membranes. The main [...]

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