04 Oct World Animal Day 2023
Today marks World Animal Day, a day dedicated to improving animal welfare across the globe. On this day 4 years ago, the launch of the Animal Poisons Helpline was also announced. Since then, the Helpline has assisted over 40,000 animals that have been exposed to various poisons including human and veterinary pharmaceuticals, chemicals, pesticides, poisonous plants, fungi, and venomous terrestrial and marine creatures. The service has also provided a plethora of poisons prevention education to pet owners.
Without expert knowledge, it can be difficult to differentiate a benign poison exposure from an exposure that could result in severe or life-threatening effects. The Helpline can rapidly assess whether home observation is appropriate and safe, or when immediate veterinary assessment is required. There is no doubt that the service has had a significant positive impact on animal welfare in Australia and New Zealand, preventing a great deal of suffering and death due to poisoning.
The Animal Poisons Helpline could not have achieved all of this without the ongoing support of its steadfast Platinum Sponsor, Bow Wow Meow Pet Insurance. Their assistance has ensured that pet owners can access free animal poisons advice, 7 days a week. If you are looking for pet insurance for your furry friend, please show Bow Wow Meow your support so that they can continue to back the Helpline and keep it accessible to pet owners in Australia and New Zealand. More information on Bow Wow Meow’s flexible policy options can be found at www.bowwowinsurance.com.au/poisons.