Elephant's ear

Severity scale:
No/low toxicity

This potential toxin is considered to be a mild risk or the symptoms are not considered serious. The risk level, however, may vary depending on the amount or part ingested (see details below). While in most cases you should be able to carefully monitor your pet at home, if any of the symptoms listed below appear, if your pet's condition worsens not improves, or if there is any change in your pet's behavior or other habits, please contact whiskerDocs or your primary veterinarian for further guidance.

Elephant's Ears are native to Asia and Eastern Australia and can be used in gardens or as house plants. Their large broad leaves are a hallmark of this species, resembling an elephant's ear in shape, which can reach up to 10-12 feet tall, and 2-4 feet wide. Unlike the impressive leaves, the flowers are rather inconspicuous on small stalks hidden under leaves. When growing conditions are not ideal, the plant goes dormant causing the leaves to become smaller until the ideal conditions are met for growing. If your pet were to chew on the leaves, stems, or flowers of this plant, symptoms are usually mild and short-lived, but could become severe if your pet has other medical conditions.

Other names: 
Alocasia spp., Giant elephant's ear, giant taro, Elephant's ear
Toxic to: 
Dogs and Cats
Mouth irritation, drooling, localized inflammation, rarely causes shortness of breath
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