Toxicology

Practical Toxicology
Christmas Plants: Hazards, History, and Holiday Dangers

Charlotte Means, DVM MLIS, DABVT, DABT ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center University of Illinois Welcome to Practical Toxicology, brought to you in partnership between Today’s Veterinary Practice and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) (aspcapro.org/poison). This column provides practical clinical information about diagnosing and treating pets that have been exposed to potentially harmful substances. …

Practical Toxicology
Ethanol Toxicosis: A Review

Although we mostly think of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) as the alcohol used in beverages, it is also found in other substances: liquid medications, cosmetics, hand sanitizers, perfumes, colognes, mouthwashes, food flavorings (eg, vanilla extract), alcohol-filled chocolates, and fermenting yeast bread dough.

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Illuminating the Toxicity of Fireworks

It is Fourth of July weekend, and you are prepared for the many unscheduled appointments, from patients with gastroenteritis due to downing hot dogs to those suffering from noise phobia. However, the patients you end up seeing are neither fearful nor full of food. In the exam room, Mrs. Smith explains that her dog ate firecrackers. A technician takes a phone call and reports that Mr. Jones is coming in—his dog ingested sparklers. Then the whole Doe family arrives with their dog: while walking by the river this morning, Fido chewed on remains of the municipal fireworks.

Feline Chronic Kidney Disease

Gregory F. Grauer, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) Kansas State University Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects an estimated 1% to 3% of all cats.1 This important cause of mortality in cats develops over a period of months or years. The associated nephron damage is progressive and irreversible even though some cats with …

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