Fitting burns up a lot of energy and so may result in low
blood sugar levels, especially in youngsters. Lolly was offered
a small breakfast at about 1.30am - she woofed it down as
if she hadn't eaten for a week! Once settled she was transferred
to a portable cage and carried upstairs to the nurses bedroom
where Sarah could keep a constant eye on her and her drip.
She had a top up of Diazepam at 2am, when she started to get
twitchy and dribbly again, and by 4am she was looking more
like a normal puppy. Come 7am she was bouncing around her
cage like the little hooligan she really is! A second breakfast
was served which, once again, did not touch the sides. She
went home later that day having made a complete recovery.
By the time they collected Lolly the owners had reinforced
their garden fencing to Colditz standards. They had made enquiries
of their neighbour and found that he had, indeed, used slug
pellets all around his garden so we were pretty certain that
methaldehyde poisoning was the cause of Lolly's seizures.
A rather larger dose would probably have killed her or at
least caused permanent brain damage.
Lessons to be learnt:-
Slug pellets containing methaldehyde are highly
toxic to pets and also to wild animals don't use them
or, if you absolutely must use them, then make sure that animals
cannot gain access to the treated area or to wherever the
bait is stored.
If you see your pet eating slug pellets or even suspect that
he or she may have eaten them (they are usually dyed a bluey
green colour which may stain the animals mouth or later his
stool) then call us. If we can induce vomiting before the
poison has been absorbed we will have saved your pet (and
you) great distress.
If a pet who has never had a fit before suddenly goes into
one, or anything that you think might be some sort of seizure,
then call us.