Is Skunk Cabbage Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Skunk Cabbage

The Skunk Cabbage is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include difficulty swallowing, dyspnea, excessive drooling, oral irritation, pain and swelling of mouth, tongue and lips, and vomiting.

The skunk cabbage or eastern skunk cabbage, is a low growing plant that grows in wetlands and moist hill slopes of eastern North America. Bruised leaves present a fragrance reminiscent of skunk.

The scientific name for this plant is Symplocarpus foetidus. Additional names for this plant include Clumpfoot Cabbage, Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Foetid Pothos, Meadow Cabbage, Polecat Weed, Swamp Cabbage, Skunk Cabbage, and Skunk Weed.

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