30 Jun Dogs, Cats and Umbrella Trees
The Umbrella Tree (Schefflera) is an ornamental tree that has increased in popularity as a lush indoor plant as it is easy to grow in areas with low light.
All parts of the plant contain toxic compounds including insoluble calcium oxalate crystals, saponins and terpenoids. If a pet chews on an Umbrella Tree these compounds are released causing irritation to any tissue they come into contact with.
Signs of poisoning include drooling, swelling of the mouth and face, pawing at the mouth and face, vomiting, diarrhoea, itchy skin and general ‘unsettled’ behaviour from the irritation such as pacing. In some cases, swelling of the airways can occur leading to breathing difficulties.
If your pet has ingested any part of an Umbrella Tree or any other plant, please call us on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for a tailored risk assessment and recommendation, including first aid measures. Our service is free for all pet owners.