25 Oct Dracaena Fragrans
Dracaena fragrans, commonly known as the ‘corn plant’ or ‘happy plant’ is a popular and easy-to-grow plant that is found in many homes and gardens throughout Australia and New Zealand. Whilst these plants are appreciated for their bright green leaves and fragrant flowers, the Animal Poisons Helpline is frequently contacted regarding pets chewing or ingesting parts of this plant.
Pets that chew or eat this plant can develop drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea and a reduced appetite. Occasionally, other effects such as dilated pupils, weakness, unsteadiness on the feet and laboured breathing may occur.
Whilst it is not necessary to remove this plant from the home, pet owners should be mindful to:
✅ Keep toxic plants in areas that can’t be accessed by pets.
✅ Provide enrichment activities, such as pet safe toys, to help keep pets occupied.
✅ Ensure alternative safe greens such as pet grass are available.
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).