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  • Onions contain compounds called disulfides and thiosulphates which can be toxic to cats and dogs if ingested. The severity can range from minor gastrointestinal effects to a potentially serious, life-threatening haemolytic anaemia. Poisoning has occurred from the ingestion of whole raw onions...

  • The top 5 reasons for calling the Australian Animal Poisons Centre during our first week of operation were fertilizers, pyrethroid insecticides, grapes, ant killers and chocolate! Don’t forget to add 1300 869 738 to your contacts so you can call us quickly in the event of an emergency ......

  • Smoke contains a range of combustion products that can be toxic to your pets. Whilst the composition of smoke can vary significantly, inhaling enough of it can result in irritation of the airways, inflammation of lung tissue, reduced blood oxygen levels, coma, seizures and death.......

  • We are pleased to announce that the Australian Animal Poisons Centre has opened it's phone lines. Our service can now be reached on 1300 TOX PET (1300 869 738). Don't forget to add our number to your contacts so that you can call us quickly in the event of an emergency!...

  • The Australian Animal Poisons Centre’s Facebook page has reached 20,000 Facebook followers and we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to every single one of them! Our team continues to work very hard behind the scenes to ensure the launch of our free hotline for all Australian pet owners...

  • With Christmas rapidly approaching and us humans indulging in a little festive frivolity, it can be a dangerous time for pets, with tempting but potentially poisonous treats adorning every surface. Curious pets, particularly dogs, may explore and eat gifts left under the tree, food in the kitchen or...

  • petTOX is a database which has been custom developed for the Australian Animal Poisons Centre. Exclusive to petTOX, is its ability to provide real-time data mapping of poisoning cases. This unique feature will assist the Animal Poisons Centre track and monitor poisoning...

  • The Australian Animal Poisons Centre will be the only pet poison helpline in Australia. The service will provide poisoning management advice to pet owners and veterinarians for actual or suspected poisonings, and will be a free service for all Australian pet owners. The team at......

  • The Peace Lily, or Spathiphyllum sp, is a common indoor flowering plant in the Araceae family. If is often grown indoors or in heavily shaded areas due to its ability to thrive in low light conditions. Given its has a similar common name to the Lily, many cat owners are concerned........

  • Sodium fluoroacetate, commonly known as 1080, is a highly toxic pesticide that is used in certain areas in Australia to control introduced pest animals such as foxes, rabbits, cats, feral pigs and wild dogs. 1080 is a schedule 7 poison in Australia, which means you need to have a permit......

  • Coming 31st December 2019! When you call the Animal Poisons Centre, we may ask for the following information:- Your pet’s name and weight - Details about the poison(s) they have been exposed to such as the product name and the amount (try to have the bottle/packaging in front of you when you call)...

  • With more and more Australians participating in Halloween, the Animal Poisons Centre warns pet owners about the following Halloween dangers. Glow sticksGlow sticks are popular during trick-or-treat and pets, especially cats find these glow sticks fun as well. They contain irritants such as Dibutyl phthalate,...

  • Snakes are starting to wake up from their long winter rest, and our pets are once again at risk. All snake bites or suspected snake bites in Australia should be treated as life-threatening. It is vital that you keep your pet calm and as still...

  • NSW police have issued warnings after chicken mince laced with what appears to be a green rat and mouse bait has been found in a busy Sydney park on Tuesday. The poisonous baits were maliciously laid at multiple locations throughout the park and are believed......

  • With the recent warm weather, snakes are coming out to play. Australia has the most venomous snakes in the world, and all snake-bites in Australia should be considered potentially life-threatening until proven otherwise. Snake bites can often be relatively painless and not leave...

  • Mushroom season is officially here and public health officials have recently issued warnings for the highly toxic mushroom Amanita Phalloides. Also know as the Deathcap, this mushroom can be highly toxic or even fatal to pets after small ingestions. Initial symptoms can include reduced appetite...