Animal poisoning in Europe. Part 2: Companion animals

Raimon Guitart Bas, P Berny, F Caloni, S Croubels, M Sachana, V Vandenbroucke, F Davanzo, R Guitart

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Abstract

This is the second in a series of three review articles on animal poisoning in Europe and focuses on cases in pet animals and horses in five European countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Italy and Spain) reported over the last decade. In the participating countries, dogs were the most commonly poisoned species, particularly younger animals. The majority of cases in companion animals resulted from exposure to insecticides, although rodenticides (especially anticoagulants and strychnine) posed a significant risk. In all five countries, horses and cats appeared to be more susceptible to plant toxins. Intoxications with herbicides, metals, household products and drugs for veterinary and human use were reported sporadically. The review demonstrates the importance of increased awareness so as to minimise poisoning episodes and emphasises the need to establish a European system for the recording of poisoning data. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-259
JournalVeterinary Journal
Volume183
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010

Keywords

  • Horses
  • Pesticides
  • Poisonous plants
  • Small animals
  • Toxicoepidemiology

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