25 Oct Desert Rose
Adenium obesum, commonly known as Desert Rose, is a succulent plant species that typically bloom in spring and summer months. It is a popular ornamental plant found in many Australian and New Zealand households due to its striking, trumpet-shaped flowers and swollen, bonsai-like trunk. All parts of this plant contain toxic compounds known as cardiac glycosides. When ingested, these toxins can alter the electrical activity in the heart, which can be life-threatening.
The Animal Poisons Helpline is frequently contacted regarding pets (mostly cats) chewing on or ingesting parts of this plant. Whilst most exposures do not result in severe effects, ingestion of this plant has the potential to result in significant poisoning. Early signs of poisoning can include drooling, refusal to eat or drink, vomiting (in those animals that can vomit), and diarrhoea. As the poisoning progresses, animals may become weak, lethargic, and unsteady on their feet. In severe cases, poisoned animals can develop alterations to the electrical activity in their heart.
If you have this plant in your garden, please ensure your pets cannot access it. If your pet has ingested something they should not have, you can call the Animal Poisons Helpline 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice.