Kalanchoe Poisoning

Kalanchoe Poisoning

Did you know that plants in the Kalanchoe genus (more commonly known as widow’s-thrill, mother-of-thousands, and mother-of-millions) can be toxic to pets that eat them? These are common houseplants that are grown for their succulent foliage and showy flowers. The genus contains over 100 species, all of which should be considered potentially poisonous.

Kalanchoe are known to contain toxins that affect the heart, similar to toxins found in oleander and foxglove. Poisoning has been recorded in dogs (who are known to be very susceptible), rabbits, chickens, livestock, and even reptiles. The toxins are particularly concentrated in the flowers, with plants in the Kalanchoe genus flowering during winter months.

Signs of poisoning include drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea (which can be severe and persistent), weakness, laboured breathing, and heart failure. Depending on the amount ingested, gastrointestinal upset may occur without a progression to more serious effects. If you have these plants in your house or garden, please ensure your pets cannot access them particularly during winter flowering.

☎️ If your pet has ingested something they should not have, please phone the Animal Poisons Helpline 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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