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WHAT does the vet in practice need to know when dealing with cases of poisonings in cats and dogs? This question was addressed by Alex Campbell, head of the Veterinary Poisons Information Service (VPIS), during two sessions at the BSAVA congress.
The VPIS received a consistent number of reports of poisoning each year, but the frequency of specific compounds did vary, he said. For example, for dogs, until 2007, ibuprofen had been the leading substance inquired about; more recently, it had been theobromine, which was found in chocolate and other cocoa products, including cocoa shell mulch used on gardens. The severity of clinical signs and mortality associated with toxicological exposure was higher for cats, although overall exposure was higher for dogs – perhaps because they were less fastidious than cats and ‘will eat anything’. …