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Today we take time to remember all pets who have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. By thinking of them we honour the significance of their lives, the joy they brought and the love we shared.Many people have lost a pet from having been poisoned. We are...

Many dogs are tempted to play with asthma inhalers. They are often left on bedside tables or in bags on the floor. They are made of plastic, like many toys, and have saliva on them which makes them smell good. These inhalers are helpful for...

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...

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...