Is Taro Poisonous to Cats and Dogs?

Taro

The Taro is poisonous for both cats and dogs.

Typical symptoms include excessive drooling, choking, difficulty swallowing, dyspnea, intense burning and irritation of mouth, tongue and lips, oral irritation and vomiting.

Taro is a root vegetable widely cultivated as food staples for its edible starch corm.  They are very common to Oceanic, African and South Asian cultures and is regarded as one of the earliest cultivated tropical plants. Its rhizomes comes in different sizes and shapes and the leaves are dark green above and light green beneath.

The scientific name for this plant is Colocasia esculenta. Additional name for this plant include Caladium, Cocoyam, Elephant’S Ears, Malanga, Tannia, Tanier and Yautia.

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