Is Dieffenbachia Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Dieffenbachia

The Dieffenbachia is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include difficulty swallowing, drooling, irritation of mouth, pawing in the mouth and vomiting.

Dieffenbachia is a perennial plant that is native to the New World Tropics from Mexico and the West Indies south to Argentina. They are characterized with simple, straight and alternate leaves with white spots and flecks. This is the reason why they are a very popular houseplant and ornamental plant since the foliage are very attractive to look at.

The scientific name for this plant is Dieffenbachia. Additional name for this plant include Charming Dieffenbachia, Dieffenbachia, Dumbcane, Exotica, Exotica Perfection, Giant Dumb Cane, Exotica, Spotted Dumb Cane, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue and Tropic Snow.

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