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.
Xylitol: A Sweetener That Is Not So Sweet
Since 2002, the annual number of cases of xylitol toxicosis reported to the ASPCA APCC has risen into the thousands. This article gives an overview of the signs, clinical effects, and management of this increasingly common toxicosis.
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 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.
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.