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

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