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Kalanchoe

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Poisonous to: Cats, Dogs, Cows, Birds

Level of toxicity: Generally mild to moderate, rarely severe

Common signs to watch for:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Less common signs include:
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Weakness
  • Collapse
  • Dilated pupils
  • Tremors
  • Seizures (rare)

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Kalanchoe is a common, beautiful houseplant with hundreds of flowers (which range in color from yellow to orange, pink, or red). This plant is also known by several other names including Devil’s Backbone, Mother-of-Millions, and the Chandelier plant. Kalanchoe does belong to a group of plants that contain cardiac toxins (bufadienolides). However, ingestion by dogs and cats most often results in gastrointestinal irritation or upset. If a large enough amount is ingested there may still be risk for more severe signs including changes in heart rate and rhythm, weakness, and collapse.

Poison type: Plants

Scientific name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Alternate names: Chandelier plant, Mother of Millions, Devil's Backbone