Dracaena Toxic To Cats: What To Do For Your Pet?
I have read many articles on the internet about how dangerous is dracaena marginata (dracaeena) which is one of the most popular plants in Mexico. I want to share with you what I think about it.
The plant, called “draco” or “drakaina” in Spanish, is native to South America. It grows up to 2 feet tall and wide and produces small yellow flowers that smell like roses. The leaves are long and narrow, dark green at the base but turn lighter green toward the top. They grow from a slender stem, not branching out much from the main stalk.
It’s common name means “little rose.” It’s also known as “red edge,” “bamboo rose,” or even “aglaonema.” It’s used in traditional Mexican medicine to treat a variety of ailments including headaches, insomnia, asthma, heartburn, diarrhea and constipation.
According to Wikipedia:
In some parts of Mexico it is commonly sold as “drakaina” (“little rose”), though in other regions it is known simply as “dracaena.” Some varieties are grown commercially for their flowers; others are wild. Many different cultivars exist.
The plant’s sap has been known to cause contact dermatitis in some people.
I have two of these beautiful plants in my house, one is about a foot tall and the other one is a little bigger. When I read this I was very concerned for my kids and their safety.
What if they fell down and touched the leaves or the stems? Would that cause an allergic reaction?
I asked them to be extra careful around it and never to touch it. I also read some comments on the web that said it was poisonous. They could even find out if they eat one of the flowers.
My curiosity about dracaena nearly killed me! I started to do some research on the internet and finally I found what I was looking for: dracaena or dracaeena is not toxic to cats, dogs or humans. It is perfectly safe to have them around the house.
I was so happy to hear that because I really love the look of these plants and they make the house look fresh and clean. I thought that I might have to get rid of them if they were toxic, but now I can enjoy them without worrying.
I hope you find this post helpful and you learn something new today. 🙂
Is Lucky Bamboo Poisonous To Dogs?
Lucky bamboo are very common household plants that are sold all over the world. This plant is actually a species of bamboo that can be found in many shapes and sizes. They are very easy to care for and can even survive in small containers of water. This plant has been known to increase good fortune and overall happiness. In some cultures it’s also known to bring prosperity to business. It has been a symbol of good luck for many Asian nations and is widely used in Feng Shui practices.
The only time that a lucky bamboo plant may be poisonous to a dog is if the plant is dying. This is because the water it is stored in may be stagnant and contain harmful toxins. It should be noted however that dogs seem to love chewing on these plants regardless of whether they are healthy or not. They also tend to enjoy rooting through the soil looking for water, which can easily tip over the container.
If this happens, immediate action must be taken to ensure that the dog doesn’t consume any of the foul water. This can usually be counteracted by immediately offering your dog a large bowl of water and some food to make them forget about the bad taste in their mouth.
Sources & references used in this article:
Poisonous plants part 1 by N Bates – Companion Animal, 2018 – magonlinelibrary.com
A guide to poisonous house and garden plants by A Knight – 2007 – books.google.com
The First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats by AD Shojai – 2001 – books.google.com
Indoor companion animal poisoning by plants in Europe by A Bertero, P Fossati, F Caloni – Frontiers in veterinary science, 2020 – ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
An overview of trends in animal poisoning cases in the United States: 2002–2010 by MK McLean, SR Hansen – Veterinary Clinics: Small Animal …, 2012 – vetsmall.theclinics.com
Companion animal exposures to potentially poisonous substances reported to a national poison control center in the United States in 2005 through 2014 by AL Swirski, DL Pearl, O Berke… – Journal of the American …, 2020 – Am Vet Med Assoc