Gold Dieffenbachia

Gold Dieffenbachia

Plants

Scientific name

Dieffenbachia species

Alternate names

Dieffenbachia, Dumb cane

Toxicity to pets

Golden Dieffenbachia contains insoluble calcium oxalate crystals like other plants in the Araceae family. In general, chewing or biting into the plant causes the crystals to penetrate tissue in the mouth and GI tract, triggering mild to severe irritation. Irritation tends to be more severe with Dieffenbachia than other plants in the Araceae family. Rarely, severe oral and throat irritation can develop resulting in severe swelling of the face, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty breathing. Rarely, death has been reported with ingestion of Dieffenbachia plants. See Oxalates (Insoluble) for more information.

Common signs to watch for:

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

 

Gold Dieffenbachia

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Dogs

Toxicity Level

Moderate

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Cats

Toxicity Level

Moderate

Cows

Toxicity Level

Moderate

Horses

Toxicity Level

Moderate

Birds

Toxicity Level

Moderate

Disclaimer

The content of this page is not veterinary advice. A number of factors (amount of substance ingested, size of the animal, allergies, etc.) determine what is toxic to a particular pet. If you think your pet has eaten something potentially toxic, call Pet Poison Helpline or seek immediate veterinary treatment.