Is a Golden Pothos Vine Poisonous to Dogs?

by Victoria Lee Blackstone
    Hanging golden pothos helps keep the plant out of your dog's reach.

    Hanging golden pothos helps keep the plant out of your dog's reach.

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    Golden pothos (Epipremnum aureum), known also as pothos, devil’s ivy, taro vine and ivy arum, is a common houseplant with smooth, leathery, heart-shaped leaves, commonly mottled with yellow or white. Pothos adds a splash of green and helps to purify indoor air. Unfortunately, pothos is extremely toxic and should be kept out of Fido’s reach.

    Symptoms of Golden Pothos Toxicity

    The toxic compound found in golden pothos is calcium oxalate crystals and, in some species, proteinase. When your dog chews or ingests these plants, symptoms include an intense burning sensation of the mouth, lips and tongue; throat or airway swelling; difficulty breathing or swallowing; excessive drooling; and gastrointestinal upset. If your dog consumes large amounts, convulsions, renal failure, coma and death can occur. Any of these symptoms should spur a visit to the vet.

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    About the Author

    Victoria Lee Blackstone is a horticulturist who propagates heirloom and native plants for her nursery. She has authored research-based scientific/technical papers, plant care sheets and magazine and newspaper articles. Blackstone studied botany and microbiology at Clemson University and is a former University of Georgia Extension Master Gardener Coordinator.

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