Seven year old Mishka had clued on to what was about to happen. All the warning signs were on display. The suitcases were out and her owners had packed her lead and water bowl into a plastic bag. They were off again…
After being dropped off to a family friend, Mishka spent her first night exploring her temporary home and making herself comfortable. Her temporary owner left early in the morning for work and whilst she was a little anxious at first, inquisitive Mishka started hunting around for something to do or eat. Unfortunately as she nudged the laundry door open, her eyes caught a new packet of Yates Blitzem snail pellets.
Several hours later her minder arrived home to find Mishka convulsing on the laundry floor. Next to her was the now empty packet of metaldehyde containing snail pellets. Metaldehyde toxicity can result in seizures and liver toxicity, and large ingestions such as this can be fatal.
Now panicked and scared, her minder rushed Mishka to her closest vet, but in her worried state forgot to take the empty box of Yates Blitzem snail pellets along with her.
Mishka’s vet promptly contacted the Animal Poisons Centre and metaldehyde was identified as the offending agent. Mishka received appropriate treatment to control her seizures and also help protect her now troubled liver. Three days later, Mishka returned home to her very lucky owners.