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Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs, Horses

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate

Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Pawing at the face or mouth
  • Oral pain
  • Decreased appetite
  • Vomiting

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Alocasia plants contain insoluble oxalate crystals similar to other plants in the Araceae family.  Chewing or biting into this plant will release these crystals causing tissue penetration and irritation the mouth and GI tract. VERY rarely, swelling of the upper airway occurs making it difficult to breathe.  See Oxalates (Insoluble) for more information.

Poison type: Plants

Scientific name: Alocasia spp.

Alternate names: Amazon elephant’s ear, Giant elephant's ear, Elephant’s ear