Plants Deadly for Pets: Sago Palm
Sago Palm is pretty in your garden…pretty deadly for pets!
Dogs and cats love to chew on plants in the garden. A lot of time eating greens is a good way to aid their digestion. But not all greens are created equal. Some garden plants are toxic to your pets. Sago Palm, also known as the coontie palms, cardboard palm, cycad, or zymias, is deadly! Eating the leaves can cause severe liver damage that can lead to death.
Symptoms of Sago Palm toxicity
- Blood in their poo
- Bloody diarrhea
- Yellow coloration of skin and gums
- Increased thirst
- Increased urine
- Bleeding easily
- Circling (ie. walking in circles)
If you know your dog or cat has eaten Sago Palm leaves you need to bring him to the vet immediately. The sooner the treatment, the better the results. If your pet has not yet vomited, your vet may induce vomiting to get the undigested leaves out of their stomach. If you are not sure how long it will be before getting your dog to a vet, ask them if you should induce vomiting and your vet will give you instructions on how to do that. In cases where the dog or cat will not vomit, your vet may give them activated charcoal to absorb the poison and/or pump their stomach.
A blood and urine test will have to be done to test for liver disease. If he tests positive, then he will need treatment specifically for that. The test results will determine the treatment course.
If you have Sago Palm, we recommend removing it from your garden. That is the surest way to keep your pets from eating it. If you don’t want to get rid of the plant, then you need to ensure your dog does not go near the plant through a fence or other such method.
If you are concerned that your pet has eaten any poisonous plant in your garden, call your Albuquerque veterinarian immediately.