In the last week, we have had several cases of dogs becoming significantly unwell after chewing on inhalers containing salbutamol. In this situation, a large dose of the drug is released, causing significant changes to the heart rate and blood potassium levels. The heart rate may increase dramatically, requiring urgent intervention. Pets may also be vomiting, lethargic or restless, and panting. Injury to the mouth may occur due to the release of compressed gas.
☎️All pets who have chewed and punctured a salbutamol inhaler should attend a vet for treatment and monitoring.
For immediate 24h advice, owners should call the Animal PoisonLine on 01202 509000. Vets should use the VPIS membership line on 0207 3055 055☎️