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Sago Palm Toxicity
20 November 2015
The Sago Palm is an ornamental plant that can be toxic to pets, one dog recently died from ingestion as a result of liver failure.
All parts of the plant are toxic but the seed kernels are particularly toxic. Sago palm contains cycasin, which is the primary active toxic agent, resulting in severe liver failure in dogs. Ingestion causes in acute gastrointestinal signs (e.g., drooling, inappetance, vomiting, diarrhoea). Central nervous system signs (e.g., weakness, ataxia, seizures, tremors, etc.) and severe liver failure can be seen within 2-3 days post-ingestion. Damage can occur to the gut, liver and nervous system.
If your pet ingests this plant contact your vet immediately. Prognosis in dogs treated soon after ingestion is good but by the time clinical symptoms are seen the prognosis is guarded.