Peggy’s owner recently called us after she ingested a Vitamin D tablet.
Vitamin D is found in different compounds such as cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), calcipotriol, tacalcitol and calcitriol and is commonly found in over-the-counter supplements, psoriasis creams and rodenticides. Different compounds have different toxic doses.
Vitamin D toxicity is often characterised by increased thirst, weakness and profuse vomiting diarrhoea. It also causes the calcium levels in the blood to elevate, resulting in severe gastrointestinal upset and the risk of neurological, heart and kidney dysfunction.
After calculating the dose of medication that Peggy had ingested, we were able to establish that the risk was low and she could remain at home. We are pleased to report that she developed no adverse effects and remained well!