M&S Money report pet poisonings on the increase
on: November 19, 2008, 7:59 am
Release Author: M&S
Release Summary: M&S Money urge pet owners to ensure household
medication is securely stored following increase in reports of
Release Body: M&S Money has urged pet owners
to ensure medication is securely stored around the house following
a large increase in reports of pet poisonings.
potentially fatal mishap is a growing problem across the UK, with
a 34% year-on-year increase in reported cases to Vetfone - a 24-hour
advice line available to M&S
Pet Insurance customers. Vetfone is manned by qualified
veterinary nurses who can give concerned animal lovers immediate
advice on a pet’s condition. Around 70% of calls to the
service by M&S
Money customers are made out of normal veterinary
of the major increases of poisonings seen involves nicotine-based
products, including nicotine patches, chewing gum and inhalers.
toxic dose of nicotine in dogs is five milligrams per pound pet
bodyweight and a dose of 10mg/lb can be lethal. While a cigarette
contains 15-25 milligrams of nicotine, nicotine patches can contain
much more at between 8-114 milligrams of nicotine and even nicotine
inhalers contain around 10 milligrams of nicotine. Signs of toxicity
are dose-dependent and include tremors, weakness, depression and
Operations Manager & Senior Emergency Vet Nurse, Louise O’Dwyer,
said: "It is very concerning that there has been such
a large increase in reported pet poisonings.
poisoning can be particularly serious. Remember prevention is
better than cure, so ensure products such as cigarettes, nicotine
patches and gums and even ashtrays containing cigarette butts
are kept away from your pets reach."
Money Insurance Manager, Judith Roberts, said: "Anyone
who suspects that their pet has swallowed household medication
should first try and identify what’s been eaten, by recovering
packaging such as blister packs or boxes and then seek immediate
Pet Insurance policyholders can rest assured that a qualified
veterinary expert is available round the clock to provide advice
and answer questions should a pet become unwell."
M&S Money (the trading name of Marks &
Spencer Financial Services) was founded in 1985 as the financial
services division of Marks and Spencer Group plc. The company
is now a top ten credit
card provider and the second largest travel money retailer
in the UK. M&S Money also offers a range of insurance cover,
insurance and car
insurance, as well as loans, savings and investment products.
November 2004, Marks & Spencer sold M&S Money
to HSBC, one of the world's largest banking and financial services
organisations with over 9,500 offices in 85 countries and territories.
Money has an executive committee comprising an equal
number of representatives from HSBC and Marks & Spencer.
company employs 1,200 staff at its headquarters in Chester, delivering
personal financial services to its customers, reflecting the core
values of Marks & Spencer - quality, value, service, innovation
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