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Registered members of the Animal Poisons Centre

Our team is excited to let you know that our clinic is now an official Animal Poisons Centre member. This means our veterinarians have round the clock access to specialist poisoning management advice, ensuring best outcomes for our poisoned patients. Supporting this service also helps ensure that pet owners continue to have access to the only free animal poisons centre helpline in the world.

Emergency Poisoning Instructions

If your pet has been exposed to a poison, you can follow these emergency instructions to reduce the risk of your animal becoming unwell. In all cases of poisoning, after completing the below first-aid measures you can contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poisons Centre for further advice.

MY PET HAS INGESTED A POISON If your pet has ingested a poison, try to rinse or wipe out the mouth with a damp towel or cloth. Do not give your pet anything to eat or drink before speaking with your veterinarian or the Animal Poisons Centre. Never induce vomiting unless advised to do so by your veterinarian. In many cases, making your pet vomit can do more harm than good.

MY PET HAS A POISON ON THEIR SKIN OR COAT If your pet has a chemical on their skin or in their coat, the affected area(s) should be washed thoroughly with a gentle soap and water. You can use a non-medicated pet shampoo or a domestic dishwashing liquid that is designed for washing dishes in the sink. Ensure any soap residue is then rinsed off the area. Thoroughly removing chemicals from the coat soon after exposure can reduce the risk of irritation, burns and in some cases systemic poisoning.

MY PET HAS A CHEMICAL IN THEIR EYE Try to irrigate the affected eye(s) with tap water or normal saline (if sufficient quantity available) for up to 10-15 minutes. This can often be difficult to do and is much easier if you have a second person to help you hold your pet still. Ideally the eye(s) should be irrigated from the inner corner and washed outwards towards the side of the face. This prevents any chemical being inadvertently washed into the other eye.

Human foods to avoid

Here is a handy list of the top toxic human foods to avoid feeding your pet. If you suspect your pet has eaten any of the following foods, please note the amount ingested and contact us or the Animal Poisons Centre as soon as possible. Whilst some foods may just cause gastro-intestinal upset, others can be life threatening.

Avocado
All parts of the Avocado plant contain persin. Ingestion can result in gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting and diarrhoea. Serious poisoning in dogs is rare however some other animals such as birds are much more susceptible to toxicity.

Chocolate
Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine which are both toxic to dogs and cats. Chocolate toxicity is dependent on the type of chocolate, the amount ingested and the size of your pet. Chocolate poisoning in dogs can be life threatening so always call us or the Animal Poisons Centre if you suspect your dog has ingested any.

Grapes, Sultanas, Currants and Raisins
These can be dangerous in any quantity and can result in kidney injury and failure in dogs. The cause is unclear, however symptoms include repeated vomiting and lethargy. If your dog has a habit of stealing food off the table, be sure to put dried fruit out of reach.

Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia (high body temperature) in dogs. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

Onions
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. Garlic, chives, leeks and other Allium species contain the same compounds. Initial signs of ingestion may include vomiting and diarrhea, however more concerning signs may take days to appear as red blood cell changes occur.

Salt or salty foods
Avoid feeding salt-heavy snacks like potato chips, pretzels, and salted popcorn to your pets. Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, seizures and even death.

Xylitol
Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. Xylitol is particularly toxic to dogs, causing insulin release resulting in dangerous low blood sugar levels. There is also risk of delayed liver injury. Initial symptoms include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination.

My pet has been bitten by a snake

MY PET HAS BEEN BITTEN BY A SNAKE
All snake bites or suspected snake bites in Australia should be treated as life-threatening until proven otherwise. It is vital that you
keep your pet calm and as still as possible. Try to limit any movement (including walking) as much as possible and transport them to
your nearest veterinary practice immediately.
If you are not close to a veterinary clinic and the bite was witnessed to have occurred on a limb, apply a pressure immobilisation
bandage to that limb before transporting the animal to a veterinarian. The bandage should cover the entire limb, from the paw to
the base of the limb. The pressure bandage should not be applied too tight as to restrict blood flow, but at a similar tightness to
what would be applied for a sprained ankle. There is no role for a pressure immobilisation bandage for bites that are not on a limb.
The sooner your pet is treated, the better their chances of survival. Symptoms of snake bites include:
– Sudden weakness followed by collapse
– Vomiting
– Labored breathing
– Paralysis, starting with the hind legs
– Loss of bladder and bowel control
– Shaking or twitching of the muscles
– Blood in the urine
DO NOT try to catch or kill the snake for identification or for any other purpose
DO NOT apply a tourniquet
DO NOT wash the bite site
DO NOT cut, suck or apply any other treatments to the bite-site
If you see a snake on your property, keep a safe distance and
contact your local snake catcher or use Snake Catchers.