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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...

Paraquat is a highly toxic weed killer that is used extensively to control a wide range of grasses and broadleaf weeds. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Association (APVMA) has restricted the supply of paraquat...

The Animal Poisons Helpline is frequently contacted about animals that have ingested or otherwise come into contact with disinfectants. Disinfectants are chemicals that are used to kill microorganisms on surfaces...

Echium plantagineum, commonly known as Paterson’s curse, is an invasive winter annual herb. It can be identified by its deep purple spring blossoms, which can cover broad fields of agricultural land. Paterson’s curse was introduced to Australia...

During this time of year, wild mushroom ingestion is one of the most common reasons that pet owners phone the Animal Poisons Helpline. Australia and New Zealand are home to over 10,000 mushroom species...

Reusable hot and cold packs are versatile gel or liquid filled products that are commonly found in many households. The Animal Poisons Helpline is frequently contacted about companion animals, particularly dogs...

The Animal Poisons Helpline has recently become aware of the rising profile of nicotine pouches in Australia and New Zealand. Nicotine pouches are small sachets or bags containing synthetic nicotine and are being promoted...

Euphorbia tirucalli, more commonly known as the “pencil cactus”, “fire stick” or “milk bush”, is a succulent large shrub or tree within the spurge family. Although normally green in colour, it is known for its bright red, orange and yellow stem...