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  • Chocolate contains an alkaloid called Theobromine. This drug is used as a diuretic, heart stimulant, vasodilator, and also smooth muscle relaxant but it can be poisonous in excess and some…

  • We all know that emergency situations require immediate help. The problem is, can we recognise the developing emergency? Some are obvious - the dog runs across the road and is hit by a car.…

  • Emergencies come in all forms: Road traffic accidents, bites, burns, heatstroke, poisoning and unconsciousness are but a few. Canine emergencies are dealt with in a separate handout. In this…

  • Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is more descriptive than the original term bloat although this term is still commonly used when the condition occurs in farm animals. GDV indicates the…

  • Canine haemorrhagic gastro enteritis, (HGE) is a very acute form of dysentery (bloody diarrhoea). It is accompanied with vomiting. Hypovolaemia (reduction in the blood volume) occurs due to…

  • The most common cause of heatstroke or hyperthermia is the confinement of a dog in a car with inadequate ventilation. In such circumstances the condition can occur with frightening rapidity.…

  • Hypocalcaemia means low circulating blood calcium. It is most commonly seen with eclampsia, or so-called milk fever, which may occur in bitches at any time during lactation or sometimes…

  • The only naturally occurring poisonous snake in Britain is the common adder or viper (Vipera berus). The snake is most commonly found during hot sunny weather on dry heaths and moors.…


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