ANTHURIUMS & YOUR PETS

Anthuriums-and-your-pets

ANTHURIUMS & YOUR PETS

Anthuriums-and-your-pets

Anthuriums, also known as flamingo flowers, painter’s palette or laceleaf are the largest genus of flowering plants in the Arum or Araceae family. The name Anthurium comes from the Greek word ‘anthos’ which means ‘tail flower’, referring to the tail-like spadix that protrudes from the plant. Whilst Anthuriums are known for their glossy green leaves and striking, scarlet, heart shaped flowers, other varieties can be found that range from creamy white through to pink, orange and deep purple. With flowers that are long lasting, Anthuriums are an ideal indoor plant commonly found in many households across Australia and New Zealand.

Like other plants in the Araceae family, Anthuriums contain microscopic needle shaped crystal structures known as raphides in all parts of the plant. When animals chew into these plants, the sharp crystals are deposited into the mouth, tongue and lips. This results in an almost immediate burning sensation and affected animals begin drooling, licking excessively and may be reluctant to eat. If the plant material has been swallowed, vomiting may also occur. In some cases, swelling of the tongue and throat can occur which can affect an animal’s ability to breath. Whilst we do not necessarily think you need to remove these plants from your household, placing them out of reach of your pet is a good idea. Consider using hanging baskets or barriers to keep your furry friend safe.

The Animal Poisons Helpline provides free advice to pet owners in Australia and New Zealand and can be reached on ☎️1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ). If you don’t already follow the Animal Poisons Helpline Facebook Page, follow now to receive live animal poisons alerts and updates. If you are a member of a veterinary team in Australia or New Zealand, you can join the Animal Poisons Centre For Vets Facebook group which is regularly updated with toxicology tidbits and poisoning trends. We thank the Western Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development for supporting this post.