Lucky is a 6 year old Maltese Terrier cross whose owner brought him in to see us after he had been unwell for a few days. His owners had noticed that Lucky wasn't his usual self. He was being very quiet and was not eating much. Dr Bree examined Lucky and found that he was a bit sore in his abdomen but nothing abnormal could be felt. She admitted Lucky into hospital for intravenous fluid therapy which helped to support his liver and kidneys and kept Lucky hydrated while he was not eating. Dr Bree took some blood for testing to see if they could discover what was causing Lucky's illness.
After he was discharged from the hospital, Lucky visited us a few more times for more injections but he was eating well and looking happier. He is now at home with his owners and will need to come back in a week or two for another blood test to make sure that his lead levels are back to normal.
Lucky's story is an important reminder to protect your pets, your family and yourself from harmful substances when working around your house. Some other common household substances which may be harmful to your pets include rat poisons, snail pellets, all paints especially lead-based and oil-based, human drugs (eg. paracetamol) and chocolate. Please click on the links below to find out what other toxic items around your house are harmful to your pets.