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The Umbrella Tree (Schefflera) is an ornamental tree that has increased in popularity as a lush indoor plant as it is easy to grow in areas with low light.All parts of the plant contain toxic compounds including insoluble calcium oxalate crystals, saponins and terpenoids. If...

Dr Jacqui Ley BVSc(Hons) PhD DiplECAWBM FANZCVS(Veterinary Behaviour) Registered Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine Consulting at the Melbourne Veterinary Specialist Centre We are often surprised...

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...

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...

With a change of seasons around the corner, we would like to alert all pet owners that we have noticed an increased number of calls to the Animal Poisons Centre regarding wild mushroom ingestions.Dogs are more likely than cats to ingest mushrooms and they are...

Cannabis poisoning in pets is no laughing matter. We received a call from Bronson’s owner after he had managed to sneak off with and eat one marijuana cookie. It was indeed Bronson that stole the cookie from the cookie jar. Bronson looked very tired and...