As we are deep within the busy festive period, we would like to share an interesting case we have received a call about. Jack’s owner contacted us after she chewed on the leaves of a Poinsettia flower. Jack the Alexandrine Parakeet was well at the time of the call, although a little quiet and irritable.
Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) has the reputation of being a toxic plant, but this has been greatly exaggerated. The toxic components of the species are irritant, and the signs that we see in animals are generally only related to this. In cats and dogs (where we have more data), vomiting, hypersalivation, anorexia, lethargy and depression may occur. Effects are usually rapid in onset and self-limiting. In rabbits, rodents and other species, animals often remain asymptomatic, although signs of gastrointestinal irritation may still be seen.
We are pleased to report that two days later Jack was back to her normal inquisitive and affectionate self.