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Can my pet get poisoned from eating a poisoned rat or mouse? This is a question we get asked a lot and the answer depends on the situation. If a rat or mouse has died from an anti-coagulant rodenticide (e.g. brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, etc), it is...

An Antarctic cold air blast is causing our followers in the South to light their fireplaces to keep warm. It sounds like a simple enough activity, but one that might expose pets to a number of poisonous hazards. If you do have a fireplace, make...

The Animal Poisons Centre is often called about dogs and cats that have eaten medications and household items that can damage their kidneys. Some pets may develop life-long chronic kidney disease from such a once-off ingestion. Prevention is always best – check this list to...

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...

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...

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...