Aucuba japonica. A member of the pIant family CORNACEAE. Dioecious, evergreen shrub with glossy green or variegated leaves. Small white flowers with red, oval berries containing a seed of hardened albumen. Ornamental garden plant and hedging plant.

[affected.gif] Animals most affected
Dogs, (cattle).

[etiology.gif] Etiology
Chewing and/or ingestion of the leaves or berries (dogs). Ingestion either directly from the plant or of discarded hedge clippings (cattle).

[toxic.gif] Toxicity
Contains a heteroside, aucubine, and other compounds including terpenes and flavonoides. The entire plant is toxic (especially the fresh fruit), but of low potency. Toxic doses not known.

[clinical.gif] Clinical features
In the dog

In cattle

Of little significance.

No antidote. Symptomatic care only, often not necessary: