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It can be a stressful experience to find out that your pet has ingested something they should not have. The Animal Poisons Helpline is here to support you and your pet through such circumstances if they ever occur. Our team will assess ...

Have you seen this plant? Ricinus communis (more commonly known as the castor bean or castor oil plant) is a highly poisonous plant that grows throughout Australia and New Zealand. Often found in vacant plots of land and unkept gardens...

As we approach the holiday period, calls to the Animal Poisons Helpline are on the rise. Many of us will be are aware of the additional poison risks Christmas brings for our pets, such as chocolate, alcohol, macadamia nuts or even button batteries. This holiday period...

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) are currently coordinating a recall of various baby spinach products in Australia that are contaminated with unsafe plant material. These products are considered unsafe for human consumption...

We have just been notified today that there is a large number of washed up bluebottles at Redhead Beach in Newcastle. Dogs that ingest bluebottles may be stung in the mouth and throat. These stings are immediately painful and ...

With summer on our doorstep, we want to remind pet owners that some toxins are seasonal. For all animal poisoning queries, you can call the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 (AU)or 0800 869 738 (NZ). The service is free for all pet owners...

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is sometimes grown in temperate cottage gardens of Australia and New Zealand for its attractive and colourful bell-shaped flowers. All parts of this plant contain toxic compounds known as cardiac glycosides. ...

If you enjoy home brewing, please be aware that hops can be incredibly toxic to dogs. Hops are used as flavouring and stability agents in beer, and come in the form of dried flowers, pellets, and plugs. Unfortunately, the sweet mixture...