Monstera deliciosa (Mexican breadfruit, Swiss cheese plant, breadfruit tree). A member of the plant family ARACEAE. Climbing plant with large, dark green glossy leaves with characteristic holes or slit in the margins. Aerial roots appear and grow from the stem. Very popular, ornamental house plant.

[affected.gif] Animals most affected
Dogs, cats.

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

[toxic.gif] Toxicity
The sap of the stem and leaves contains crystals of calcium oxalate and a proteolytic enzyme with irritant properties.

[clinical.gif] Clinical features
Generally only signs of local irritation of the lips and buccal mucosae, with oedema and mild salivation. Generally good prognosis within several hours of exposure.

[lesions.gif] Lesions
Congestion of buccal and labial mucosae.

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