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.
Animals most affected
Chewing and/or ingestion of leaves.
Contains irritant substances and calcium
oxalate crystals. The entire plant is toxic. Toxic doses not known.
irritation of the eyelids, mucous membranes and lips with profuse salivation.
vomiting, diarrhoea, colic and abdominal pain;
in cats: the above gastrointestinal effects, together with agitation, tremor,
Generally favourable if only local effects manifested. In cats presenting with generalized
symptoms, mortality is common.
inflammation of the mucosae;
No antidote. Symptomatic care only.
rinse the mucosae well with water;
irrigate eye well: anaesthetic eye lotion
gastric lavage with isotonic NaCI, 5-10ml/kg;
adsorbents (activated vegetable charcoal).