Philodendron species (many different varieties.) A member of the plant family ARACEAE. Plants with upright stems, long aerial roots and large green glossy leaves with characteristic indentations or perforations. Variants may have dark purple leaves and stems. Very popular ornamental house plants.


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


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Etiology
Chewing and/or ingestion of leaves.


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Toxicity
Contains irritant substances and calcium oxalate crystals. The entire plant is toxic. Toxic doses not known.


[clinical.gif] Clinical features

Local effects
(Through contact):

General effects
(Following ingestion):


Outcome
Generally favourable if only local effects manifested. In cats presenting with generalized symptoms, mortality is common.


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

Following contact

Following ingestion

If indicated