Labrador diagnosed with Erythema Multiforme

Ask A Vet Adrian Caunter MRCVS 

Conker Poisoning Complications

Hi looking for some advice about my chocolate lab 18months old, diagnosed with erythema multiforme, and who recently had conker poisoning. Is this normal?

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Hi Angelika,  The joys of owning a Chocolate Labrador! I'm not sure if the two conditions are linked from your question but it is certainly normal for a Chocolate Labrador to get into all sorts of trouble by eating things they shouldn't!

Conker poisoning is relativity common at this time of year and tends to present with sickness diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Serious cases or cases where the conkers cause obstruction are fortunately uncommon and usually all that is needed is supportive care.

Erythema Multiforme is much more unusual. It is a rare skin condition caused by the immune system and usually triggered by an allergic reaction for example to a drug or food. In many cases, the cause is never found but the dog will improve with immunosuppressive treatment although some cases can be much more serious.

Adrian Caunter MRCVS