Winter Holiday Toxins

The winter holiday season holds an abundance of dangers for domestic pets that could result in toxicosis. This article will focus on exposures to chocolate, grapes and raisins, and homemade playdough in dogs. Plants that dogs and cats are commonly exposed to during the winter months will also be discussed. The winter holiday season holds more…

Winter 2018 | Volume 1, Issue 1

Dermal, Ocular, and Inhalation Decontamination in Dogs and Cats

Dermal, Ocular, and Inhalation Decontamination in Dogs and Cats

Erin Freed, CVT, BAS, offers her insight into effective methods of decontamination in dogs and cats.

September/October 2017 | Volume 2, Issue 5

Interrupts: Toxicants Resulting in Rapid and Severe Clinical Toxicosis

Some toxic agents—“interrupts”—require emergency care for even small exposures. Learn how to manage patients that have been exposed to one of these interrupt agents: 5-fluorouracil, zinc phosphide, or hops.

July/August 2017 | Volume 2, Issue 4

Trazodone in Veterinary Medicine

Trazodone is commonly prescribed in human medicine to treat various disorders, such as depression and anxiety, and is sometimes used in pets as well. Find out what measures are recommended if an animal is accidentally exposed to toxic amounts of trazodone.

May/June 2017 | Volume 2, Issue 3

Cantharidin Toxicosis from Blister Beetles in Horses

Cantharidin Toxicosis from Blister Beetles in Horses

Blister beetles, also known as Spanish fly, contain a toxic substance called cantharidin that can severely injure or kill horses. Learn the signs of cantharidin toxicosis and preventive measures for owners.

March/April 2017 | Volume 2, Issue 2

Oral Decontamination in Dogs and Cats

Oral Decontamination in Dogs and Cats

Decontamination to minimize or prevent clinical signs of toxicosis is an important step in managing poisoning cases. Read this article to learn about common methods of oral decontamination.

November/December 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 6

Toxicology Talk is written and reviewed by members of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center (APCC). The mission of the APCC is to help animals exposed to potentially hazardous substances, which it does by providing 24-hour veterinary and diagnostic treatment recommendations from specially trained veterinary toxicologists. It also protects and improves animal lives by providing clinical toxicology training to veterinary toxicology residents, consulting services, and case data review.

Top 10 Toxins That Are Rarely Serious

Read this article for some very common “toxic” exposures that may sound serious but rarely cause any significant clinical signs. Some recommendations for treatment—if needed—are included.

September/October 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 5

EARLY CLINICAL SIGNS OF MUSHROOM INGESTION include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, and seizures. If the client is reporting mushroom ingestion, have them collect all the pieces of the mushroom in a bag labeled “DO NOT EAT! POISONOUS!” for identification purposes. Educate clients to scour their yards frequently and get rid of any mushrooms they find.

How to Take a Toxin Exposure History

“My pet just ate this! What do I do?” Pets tend to eat anything and everything. Some exposures may be more of a concern than others. Getting the details of the exposure is very important.

July/August 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 4

Iron Toxicosis

Iron Toxicosis

Many common household items contain elemental iron, which can be toxic if consumed in great enough quantities. Learn how to calculate ingested amounts and the steps of decontamination and treatment in affected animals.

May/June 2016 | Volume 1, Issue 3