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 …
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.
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.
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. Here’s what to do if an animal is accidentally exposed to toxic amounts of trazodone.
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.
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.
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.
How a Veterinary Nurse Should 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.
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.