13 May Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Animal Poisons Helpline is often contacted about pets that chew on or ingest leaves from Ficus lyrata, commonly known as the Fiddle-leaf fig. This is a common indoor house plant, and a number of species within this genus contain compounds that cause contact irritant effects. These compounds are typically found in the white milky sap that exudes from the plant when chewed or damaged.
Ingestion of this plant may result in irritation in and around the mouth, drooling, vomiting, and diarrhoea. Animals that are hypersensitive to the sap can develop redness and blistering in areas of contact, which may be exacerbated by sunlight. Fortunately, in the vast majority of cases, symptoms are mild and are not expected to be life-threatening.
☎️ If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 (AU) or 0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice. The Animal Poisons Helpline provides a free service for all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand, and we can rapidly determine if your pet requires immediate veterinary assessment or can be observed at home.
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