Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe

Plants

Scientific name

Kalanchoe

Alternate names

Chandelier Plant, Devil's Backbone, Kalanchoe, Mother-In-Law-Plant, Mother of Millions, Mother of Thousands

Toxicity to pets

Kalanchoe is a common, beautiful houseplant with hundreds of flowers (which range in color from yellow to orange, pink, or red). This plant 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.

Common signs to watch for:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • abnormal heart rhythm (rare)

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Dogs

Toxicity Level

Mild

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Cats

Toxicity Level

Mild

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.