Metaldehyde

2021-07-07T11:16:04+00:00July 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|
n the UK, slugs are active most of the year, but their activity is particularly prominent in the upcoming months- meaning cases of molluscicide poisoning are likely to increase. Metaldehyde is a common ingredient of molluscicide preparations and is toxic to cats and dogs. It is most commonly ingested in the form of slug bait pellets and frequently results in prolonged convulsant activity.
Accidental exposure to metaldehyde in cats and dogs is uncommon, but severe. Based on current literature, the fatality rate of metaldehyde poisoning in dogs is 14-17%. Whilst there is no direct antidote available, treatment is largely supportive and we are here to support you in the management of any metaldehyde toxicosis cases.

EMERGENCY ADVICE
• Call Animal PoisonLine on 01202 509000 even if your pet is showing no signs to find out whether a trip to the vet is required.
• Remove your pet from the source of poison.
• Do not try to make your pet vomit –NEVER give salt water.
• Collect the poison and take a sample/container with you if you are advised to take your pet to the vet practice.

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