Author: Animal Poisons Centre

The safety of using essential oils around pets is a hot topic that the Animal Poisons Centre is often called about. If essential oils are used appropriately, they are generally regarded as safe. However, if used improperly, essential oils can be toxic to pets.Safe and...

With the cold weather upon us, we have noticed an increase in the number of cases involving instant single-use heat packs. These packs are often used as hand or feet warmers and may contain varying amounts of iron powder. When ingested, typically by dogs, iron...

Winter is upon us and the cold weather brings seasonal pattern changes to potential hazards for your pet. Read on to learn more about hand warmers, winter plants, antifreeze, vitamin D supplements, cold and flu remedies and pesticides. Hand, foot and body warmers – these...

Did you know that Sago palms and other cycads are highly toxic to dogs? Many dog owners that have cycads growing in their garden are not aware until it is too late. The Animal Poisons Centre has recently been involved in the management of several...

After over 5 months of providing our free poisons advice service to pet owners we thought we would share with you the cats who seem to find themselves in need of help the most. Burmese and Ragdolls are the pure breed cats we receive the...

Calls to the Animal Poisons Centre regarding dogs that have ingested rat-baits are very common. In the first quarter of 2020, brodifacoum (a long-acting highly potent anticoagulant rodenticide) was the most common poison that we were called about.Most domestic rat and mouse baits available in...

The Animal Poisons Centre team are working tirelessly around the clock to improve outcomes for poisoned animals. Two weeks ago, we rolled out an automated and intuitive SMS follow up service. All pet owners that call the Animal Poisons Centre now receive an SMS asking...

With the weather keeping us more indoors, some households are packing away summer clothes and tidying wardrobes. Be careful though if you are using mothballs with cats in the house.Many mothballs and flakes contain naphthalene which is dangerous to cats. A little sniff or lick...

The Animal Poisons Centre team and working tirelessly around the clock to improve outcomes for poisoned animals. Two weeks ago, we rolled out an automated and intuitive SMS follow up service. All pet owners that call the Animal Poisons Centre now receive an SMS asking...

Whilst calls to the Animal Poisons Centre regarding toothpaste ingestion are not particularly common, it can potentially be a concern if large enough amounts are ingested. Most toothpastes contain some form of fluoride such as sodium fluoride or sodium monofluorophosphate. Whilst fluoride is great for...