Solanum pseudocapsicun (Jerusalem cherry, Solomon's cherry, love cherry, winter cherry, Japanese cherry). Related species: S. sodomeum (Sodom's apple). A member of the plant family SOLANACEAE. Small shrub or pot plant with dark green leaves with toothed margins. Small white star-shaped flowers and small green, oval fruits, ripening to a bright red-orange colour. Ornamental house plant, seasonally popular.


[affected.gif] Animals most affected
Dogs.


[etiology.gif] Etiology
Chewing and/or ingestion of the fruit.


[toxic.gif] Toxicity
Contains the alkaloids solanine and solanocapsine, the latter present principally in the unripe fruit.
Toxic doses not known.


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Clinical features
Gastrointestinal tract

Neurological effects

Generally good outcome, although with the possibility of death in severe cases.


[lesions.gif] Lesions
Non-specific and hardly apparent:


[treatm~1.gif] Treatment
No antidotes. Symptomatic care only:

If indicated:


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Case summaries
After it had eaten than ingesting Jerusalem cherry fruits, a dog presented with hyperpnoea, salivation, hypothermia (34 - 350C), clonic convulsions and died several hours post-ingestion. A second dog which had chewed some fruits presented with ataxia, anorexia and intermittent loss of consciousness. In this case a full recovery was made in 4 days.