Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs
Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate
Common signs to watch for:
- Pawing at the mouth
- Oral pain
- Decreased appetite
This plant contains insoluble calcium 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: Dieffenbachia spp.
Alternate names: Charming dieffenbachia, Dieffenbachia, Exotica perfection, Giant dumb cane, Gold dieffenbachia, Spotted dumb cane, Tropic snow, Variable dieffenbachia