Poisoning of Irish setter after Crufts show

We are saddened by the death of Jagger, the Irish setter, who had taken part in Crufts earlier this month, after probable poisoning with carbamate pesticides (carbofuran and aldicarb*). An investigation suggests that the poison was most likely eaten many hours after the dog had left Crufts. Although the exact source of poisoning is yet to… Read More

Christmas Plants – Mistletoe and Poinsettia

Most cases reported to VPIS occur around December – January, when these plants are commonly used as a festive decoration and will therefore be found indoors. Mistletoe (Viscum album), a.k.a. European mistletoe Although mistletoe contains toxic compounds, the plant is considered to be of low toxicity. It contains a mixture of toxic alkaline proteins, polypeptide… Read More

Revised treatment doses for chocolate

We have recently reviewed and revised our treatment doses for chocolate. The revised doses are based on case data analysis (of over 700 cases where the dose of chocolate eaten was estimated or known) and analysis of original sources where the theobromine content of chocolate products was measured. Toxic effects in dogs occur at theobromine… Read More

FECAVA Congress 2014

VPIS had the amazing opportunity to exhibit at the FECAVA Congress in Munich early November where we had the chance to meet and speak with many vets from Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Swizerland, Greece, Serbia, Lithuania, Hungary and several other European countries. In addition to learning from their experiences of handling animal poisoning cases, we gained… Read More

Alabama Rot/ New Forest Syndrome Update

Idiopathic cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), also known as Alabama Rot or Greenetrack Disease , was first described in America in the 1980s. It was initially thought to only affect grey-hounds but has since been reported in other breeds. Dogs presented with kidney injury and/or skin lesions; the aetiology remains unknown. A small number of cases of this ‘mysterious’ disease… Read More

VPIS will be attending FECAVA 2014

The VPIS will be present at the 20th Eurocongress of the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) held in Munich in November. Our stand is number EG-52; we look forward to seeing you there! For more information on this event, please visit the FECAVA website here.

Bob Martin permethrin withdrawal from supermarkets

Bob Martin have removed the last of their on-animal flea medicinal products containing permethrin (including flea collars) from supermarkets, to reduce the risk of “misuse and misunderstanding” around the active ingredient. This decision was achieved following the International Cat Care (ICC)‘s campaign last August to re-classify all permethrin-containing flea treatments as NFA-VPS as to ensure… Read More

Fungal ingestion in companion animals

The VPIS regularly receives enquiries about animals that ingest fungi, particularly in the spring and autumn. Although the frequency of enquiries concerning fungi is high at these times, annually they comprise approximately 1% of enquiries. In the majority of cases the species of fungus is unknown. In 2012 to 2013 the VPIS undertook a project… Read More