Author Topic: No Trip to the Beach: Popular Sago Palm Plant Is Toxic to Pets  (Read 2390 times)

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Daydreaming of a sandy beach and a breeze shimmying through the palm trees? Paradise, right? Not so fast, says Fido. Though palm trees evoke relaxation of the highest order, Sago palm (Cycas revolute)—a stocky member of the Cycad family of plants—is downright dangerous to our furry companions.

According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, IL, pet poisonings from the increasingly popular plant are on the rise. Since 2003, the Center has seen an increase in cases of Sago palm and Cycad poisonings by more than 200 percent. APCC data also reveals that 50 percent to 75 percent of those cases resulted in fatalities.

A native of Southern Japan, Sago palm has been a common addition to outdoor landscaping in sunny climes, but in recent years, has also emerged as a trendy houseplant in northern states. Though attractive with its dark green leaves and hairy trunk, the plant is highly toxic to cats and dogs. Common signs of Sago palm poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, depression, seizures and liver failure.

“Many pet parents may not be familiar with the toxic effects of Cycad palms, and assume the only poisonous portions are the seeds or nuts,” says Dr. Sharon Gwaltney-Brant, veterinary toxicologist and APCC Vice President. “But all parts of the plant are toxic if ingested.”

As always, pet parents should guard against any mishaps and prevent their furry beloveds from coming into contact with Sago palm plants by placing them out of reach. Or consider a nontoxic alternative to brighten your home and keep the dog days of summer cool and carefree.

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Re: No Trip to the Beach: Popular Sago Palm Plant Is Toxic to Pets
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2008, 10:19:50 PM »
Yikes! I have one in the front yard and I think the palm tree in the back yard may be a sago palm too  :o Thanks for posting that - I had no idea  :P :(

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Re: No Trip to the Beach: Popular Sago Palm Plant Is Toxic to Pets
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2012, 04:44:52 AM »
Is the whole plant toxic or only the leaves?  I'm not familiar with this plant but I go to the beach every year.
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