06 Jan The Frangipani And My Pet
The Animal Poisons Helpline is often contacted regarding pets that have chewed on or swallowed the flowers, leaves, or stem of the frangipani. The frangipani (Plumeria genus) is a common attractive flowering plant found in gardens throughout Australia.
The milky sap is irritating and chewing on or swallowing parts of the plant can result in gastrointestinal upset which may include irritation of the mouth, drooling, decreased appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea. The iridoid and terpenoid toxins are particularly concentrated in the stem bark and therefore pets that have chewed on or swallowed the stem are more likely to develop symptoms than those that have chewed on or swallowed leaf or flower material.
In most cases, symptoms will resolve soon after wiping out the mouth with a damp cloth and giving a small drink of water or lactose-free milk. Pets that have ingested an unusually large amount of plant material or those with persistent vomiting or diarrhoea should be assessed by a veterinarian.
The Animal Poisons Helpline is free to all pet owners in Australia and New Zealand. If you are concerned your pet may have been exposed to a poison, phone ☎️1300 869 738 (AU) or ☎️0800 869 738 (NZ) for advice, even if your pet looks well.
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