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Niemi, Caroline, 2012. Förgiftningar hos hund och katt. First cycle, G2E. Skara: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health

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Cats and dogs are often unattended by their owners both indoors and outdoors, and therefore there is always a risk that they will get hurt. In the past, poisoning cases was considered unusual, but nowadays they are considered more common. As a veterinary nurse, it is important to know the common symptoms of poisoning, especially when working with emergency veterinary care. A very essential part of the profession as a veterinary nurse is to inform pet owners about the potentially dangerous substances and how poisonings can be prevented.

The purpose of this report was to find out what is written scientifically about some common poisonings in dogs and cats and to present available statistics that covers the number of animals poisoned by various substances in Sweden. Hopefully this essay can also be used as a handbook for professionals in animal health care and to assist in educating pet owners.

The report mainly covers groceries found in many homes, often easy accessible. The various potential toxins mechanism of action is covered and also what symptoms they can provide, the toxic dose, treatment and prognosis. Many foods that are considered harmless to humans can be harmful and in some cases even fatal to animals. The symptoms of the various intoxications can vary and sometimes differ between species.

The conclusion from this literature study is that many pet owners would need further education in the substances with potential to be toxic for their pets, especially the substances that often are found at home. Both veterinarians and veterinary nurses have a responsibility to educate pet owners, who hopefully passes on the new knowledge to others. This would most likely reduce the number of poisoning cases and hopefully also the number of deaths.

Main title:Förgiftningar hos hund och katt
Authors:Niemi, Caroline
Supervisor:Sallander, Marie
Examiner:Palmgren Karlsson, Carina
Series:Studentarbete / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa
Volume/Sequential designation:423
Year of Publication:2012
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK003 Veterinary Nursing - Bachelor's programme 180 HEC
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Keywords:förgiftning, hund, katt, djursjukskötare
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-1649
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-1649
Subjects:Veterinary science and hygiene - General aspects
Miscellaneous animal disorders
Language:Swedish
Deposited On:17 Sep 2012 12:51
Metadata Last Modified:17 Sep 2012 12:51

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