07 Dec DEVIL’S IVY
Epipremnum aureum, more commonly known as Devil’s Ivy or Golden Pothos, is an evergreen vine that belongs to the Araceae family. Identified by its glossy, heart-shaped leaves variegated with white and yellow streaks, this plant thrives in a wide range of environments. Epipremnum aureum is highly adaptable and is therefore commonly used as a houseplant in Australia and New Zealand.
The Animal Poisons Helpline is frequently contacted about pets chewing or ingesting the leaves and stem from this plant. The plant contains microscopic needle shaped crystal structures known as raphides. When animals chew into the plant material, the raphides are deposited into the tongue, lips, and throat. This can result in an immediate burning sensation and within minutes affected animals may start drooling and scratching at their mouth. Animals may be reluctant to eat or drink and vomiting can occur if plant material has been swallowed. In some cases, swelling of the tongue and throat can occur.
If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline for advice. 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).
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