Author: lingy

We are once again in ‘mushroom season’, and the Animal Poisons Helpline is seeing a sharp seasonal increase in the number of calls regarding pets eating wild mushrooms. Wild mushroom ingestion can result in a spectrum of clinical signs...

Anthuriums, also known as flamingo flowers, painter's palette or laceleaf are the largest genus of flowering plants in the Arum or Araceae family. The name Anthurium comes from the Greek word 'anthos' which means ‘tail flower’...

Anticoagulant rodenticides (commonly known as rat and mouse baits) are the most common poison that the Animal Poisons Helpline is phoned about. They are available in Australia and New Zealand as wax blocks and pellets....

Agave are a genus of succulents that contain more than 200 species in the flowering plant family Agavaceae. Characterised by their large, basal rosettes of thick fleshy leaves typically with a sharp terminal point...

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used in humans and companion animals for the management of inflammation, pain and fever. Many NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen and mefenamic acid...

The Animal Poisons Helpline is a registered animal welfare charity that assists over 12,000 animals every year. As demand for the service continues to grow, we rely heavily on the generosity of pet owners like you to help us continue...

The Animal Poisons Helpline has recently handled several cases whereby pet dogs have accidentally been poisoned by para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) baits. PAPP baits have been used in Australia since 2016 to control foxes, wild dogs...

Macadamia nuts, also known as Queensland or Australian nuts, are a common ingredient in sweet and savoury recipes, raw food treats and home-baked goods. Macadamia nuts are rich in nutrients and beneficial plant compounds...

Xylitol is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol commonly used as an alternative sweetener. The name xylitol comes from the word “xylose” or “wood sugar”, as it was initially produced from birch trees in the early 1900’s. ...

The Animal Poisons Helpline is frequently contacted about companion animals that have ingested products containing salicylates. Such compounds are frequently incorporated into medicines and include aspirin, methyl salicylate...