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What is Sago Palm Poisoning?

While the sago palm plant is a popular indoor and outdoor plant, it is extremely dangerous for dogs. Unfortunately, most pet owners are generally unaware of the toxicity of this plant until it is too late. Poisoning cases are especially popular in spring and summer when dogs and pet owners are outdoors. Any ingestion of the sago palm will result in symptoms ranging from gastrointestinal to neurological until the dog ultimately develops liver failure. Death often occurs if emergency treatment is not given.

Ingestion of the sago palm plant is extremely toxic to dogs. The sago palm plant contains cycasin, a toxin that leads to liver failure and can be fatal. Any dog that has ingested sago palm must be taken to a veterinarian immediately for emergency treatment.

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Symptoms of Sago Palm Poisoning in Dogs

Symptoms may appear as soon as 15 minutes after ingestion though in some cases may take up to 12 hours to develop. If you suspect that your dog has ingested any part of the sago palm plant, it should be taken to a veterinarian immediately. Symptoms include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drooling
  • Weakness/lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Depression
  • Seizures
  • Jaundice
  • Fluid accumulation in the abdomen
  • Blood in stool
  • Blood in urine
  • Bruising
  • Nose bleeds

Causes of Sago Palm Poisoning in Dogs

Sago palm poisoning is caused by ingestion of the plant. While all parts of the plant are dangerous due to the toxin cycasin, the seeds contain the highest amounts. Cycasin can irritate the gastrointestinal tract causing symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, but also causes liver failure in large amounts. If left untreated, the failure of the liver will lead to death in a terrible way. In cases of delay the dog will commonly experience fulminating liver disease, shock, and massive hemorrhage, which makes them near impossible to save by a veterinarian clinic.

Diagnosis of Sago Palm Poisoning in Dogs

Diagnosis is most often made after the dog’s owner sees that the plant has been eaten by their pet. If you suspect that your dog has ingested any part of the sago palm plant, contact the veterinarian immediately. Diagnosis without proof of ingestion is difficult and tends to rely on the symptoms alone. If you aren't sure, the veterinarian will run both complete blood and urine tests to verify that the liver has been impacted. The doctor will be looking for liver test values that are over the index of a healthy and sick liver as well as any signs of current liver function.

Treatment of Sago Palm Poisoning in Dogs

Due to the high fatality rate of sago palm poisoning, aggressive treatment is extremely necessary for dogs that have ingested any part of this plant. A veterinarian will typically induce vomiting using hydrogen peroxide or ipecac. Activated charcoal is likely also going to be given to your dog to soak up any of the poison internally.

If liver damage has occurred, blood and plasma transfusions, vitamin K injections, gastroprotectants, anti-seizure medications, and fluid therapy may be required. Your veterinarian will also evaluate your dog to determine if anti-nausea medications or pain management drugs should be administered.

Recovery of Sago Palm Poisoning in Dogs

While sago palm poisoning is a very serious condition, pets that are given emergency treatment can make a full recovery. Dogs recovering from sago palm poisoning may be monitored overnight or for several days by a veterinarian. Additional tests will likely be performed to determine if any permanent damage has occurred to the organs. Follow-up visits may be required in the initial recovery stages. It is also advisable that you remove all sago palm plants from your home to prevent this incident from recurring.

Cost of Sago Palm Poisoning in Dogs

The cost of sago palm poisoning is directly related to the time the event occurs, the delay of the pet owner in taking the dog to the veterinarian, the ratio of the dogs size as compared to the amount of the sago palm ingested, and the in-office capabilities of the veterinary hospital. Emergency veterinarian services are, by default, more expensive than regular veterinarian services. If your dog requires multiple days of hospitalization, including overnight care, the total cost of poisoning can exceed $1,500. If the dog has limited exposure and only needs activated charcoal and general monitoring, treatment cost can be as low as a few hundred dollars ($270).

Sago Palm Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Peach
German Shepherd
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Ascites
Vomiting

Came home to find my puppy vomiting and found chunks of something red and nutty mixed in with her vomit. The next day I find out that my puppy ate the seed of a sago palm in my yard. Concerned I searched up the plant to find that the seeds are extremely toxic. I then rushed to my vets office and explained the situation. The vet conducted a liver panel and a CBC exam. The results for ALP and AST were slightly elevated from the normal values but the doctor explained that results were elevated due to her being a puppy and that I shouldn’t be concerned.The doctor said to come back sooner if she has a change in behavior. I don’t notice anything different with her besides her abdomen increasing in size. Two weeks later I go back to the vet for a follow up. A liver panel with CBC and an ultrasound was done. Results of liver panel were alarming and came back as AST 105, ALT 136, and ALP 950. My puppy later stayed in hospital with 3 days with IV fluids with medication for liver antioxidants. She is currently at home now and is active and eating well but her abdomin is still distended. Another rounds of exam is to be done next week. What is her expected prognosis? My vet says that the liver is great in regenerating itself but will my puppy always have cirrhosis and acites? Should I be worried about her ammonia levels as no diet change or medications for that were given?

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Harley
Pittbull mix
5mths
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None

we removed our sago but my dog was messing around where it was at 6am yesterday I saw a root and am unsure whether or not she actually ate a root. it is the following day more than 36hrs since she may have eaten the root. we are thinking she is ok. when do symptoms start?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Usually gastrointestinal symptoms are the first to develop within 15 minutes to a few hours (less than 7 hours); if she has passed 36 hours she is most likely safe. The next milestone is two to three days post ingestion where liver failure occurs; but if she hasn’t shown symptoms she would most probably be fine. If you are concerned, visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My Dog vomited a lot overnight, was lethargic this morning. Took her to the vet, who treated her with injection of fluids and anti-nausea meds, and gave us high-fiber food. After getting home, we searched the yard and found what could be a sago palm seed (we don't have any, but some in our neighborhood do). Our vet is closed now, but do you think the treatment they have would be enough to fight possible sago palm poisoning?

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Tucker
Australian Cattle
11 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Last Saturday my Australian cattle dog puppy 11wks ate a sago palm. I took him to the er where the treated with with charcoal and iv fluids. Picked him up on sunday everything was normal blood levels good and everything. Thursday I had an appt for his shots. He was eating everything. They have him a dewormer panacur and a trifexis pill along with his shots. The next morning he was good and was eating. When I got home he didn't want to get up was really slow. I finally got him to eat some scrambled eggs . Never stopped drinking. Saturday was feeling good again eating and playing . Now today sunday he is back in a funk . Wont eat bologna . My normal vet didn't take the bloodwork they were supposed to have. I have read denamarin is good for liver support . Or milk thistle. What do I do . I know he prolly needs to go back to the vet I'm looking for ideas and if that denamarin would be good for him to take it it is his liver

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Tucker requires further veterinary care including fluids and other supportive care; Denamarin contains milk thistle (silybin) as well as containing SAMe so it is better than milk thistle alone; Denamarin is available over the counter in most countries and/or states so you shouldn’t have an issue finding it; you should return to your Veterinarian on Monday morning for a blood test to check things to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jemma
Labrador Retriever
11 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness, jaundice, Vomitting
Weakness, jaundice, poor appetit

My 11 month old lab puppy ate a sago palm seed on Monday morning. She started vomiting about an hour later. I immediately took her to the animal hospital where they gave her Toxiban and started her on IV fluids. Tests showed significantly elevated enzymes in her liver on Monday and the following day after she had been treated overnight at the hospital. She came home Tuesday afternoon and wouldn't eat and drooled constantly. Yesterday, she was given a shot to manage nausea but it didn't help. We were able to give her Denamarin yesterday morning but today she threw it up. I took her back to the hospital this morning for more tests and her Bilirubin had significantly increased to 9.4. ALT decreased slightly valuing at 974 and AST valuing 332. ALP is 644 and GGT is 113. The vet is giving her something for her intestines to see if he cant get her to eat. She is also getting more nausea meds and hooked up to fluids. I am not concerned about the cost of this process but do not want her to suffer more than she has to. Are there any other options? Have you seen a dog bounce back after these numbers and this kind of treatment? When do I suggest a blood transfusion and how viable is that option? Does it take time to find a blood match? Is there any hope?

Thank you,

Krista

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no cure for sago palm poisoning, all we can do is offer the body as much supportive care as possible to give the best chance of recovery; fluids, liver support and other care will be given to stabilise Jemma. However, the decision on whether a blood or plasma transfusion is indicated would be down to your Veterinarian and the availability of blood or plasma depends largely on where you live. Sago palm poisoning does have a high mortality rate, but it is really difficult to give an indication of prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bear
Shepadoodle
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

none

Medication Used

denamarin

Our Shepadoodle puppy ate a part of a sago palm last Sunday. We discovered what he had eaten after he started throwing up and then took him right to the vet. He stayed in the hospital for a few days of treatment and when released his enzyme levels were only slightly elevated and had been that way through his whole stay. I was told to take him to our regular vet to have the levels checked a few days later and they were almost exactly the same as they were in the hospital.
I thought we were pretty much in the clear and were told to bring him back 3 days later to ch close one more time. So I took him in today and his ALT and ALP are both considerably higher. I have to take him back in 2 days to check again but am now so worried. He is acting and eating fine.
Can the levels bounce around like this? I really thought we had dodged a bullet and now don’t know what to think. :(
What is your opinion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Liver enzymes may increase for a while after consumption (week or so more); this is why we monitor the values every few days instead of thinking that we’re in the clear. It is important to continue with the Denamarin and hydration therapy (may require intravenous fluids) along with monitoring of liver values every few days. Sago palm poisoning has a very high mortality rate, which is why we monitor it very closely. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/sago-palm/

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Xavi
Pom-Malti-Poo
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

Medication Used

Demarin

My dog Xavi ate a Sago Palm seed around 6:00 pm on a Monday and we noticed that he vomited like around 10 times before we rush him to the emergency clinic. Around 8:00 pm they gave him fluids (IV) and ran some blood tests. He had the liver enzymes 3 times higher than normal.
We took him to the vet the next day and gave him some Demarin and his enzymes went down. The vet tested the blood 3 times in 72 hours and every single time they went down until closer to normal. It looked that we survived the sago palm episode.

A week later on a Monday, he vomited only once early in the morning, but he was as playful as always. We took him for a light walk and played fetched with him. The next morning he vomited again only once, we thought that maybe the Demarin was bothering him, but on Wednesday morning he vomited even more and he looked sad and tired. We took him immediately to the vet at 7:00 am and liver enzymes were up again, but this time 9 times higher. He was hospitalized and this morning his enzymes went down a little bit, but not much, so the vet wants to keep him hospitalized for another day.

Our concern is how come his liver enzyme went down close to normal during the first 72 hours of getting poisoning and after a week the enzymes went up again? Can sago palm poisoning do this? Reucurr a week later?

Thanks,

Sad owner

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sago palm poisoning is has a high fatality rate of around 50%, even with aggressive treatment; constant supportive and symptomatic care is required for a dog to recover. You should keep Xavi hospitalised and monitored by your Veterinarian during this time to be on the safe side. The toxins may remain in the body and may cause liver enzymes to increase especially if Denamarin is stopped. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/sago-palm/

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Canelo (poopities)
Yorkshire Terrier
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

slow to move
pupils dialated
Low Temperature
Inability to keep water down
Refusal to Eat
Vomiting

Medication Used

Antitoxins

Canelo ate the worst part, the Sago Palm seed. He started to slow down in activity immediately and didn't sleep in my parent's bed last night. He consumed the seed around 5_7pm on March 25, 2017, then hospitalized around 1:30 on March 26, 2017, and their slow arses didn't treat him until 3:30. When my neighbor's German Shepard was trying to play with him, his butt his real low and he was slouching and we didn't think anything of it. My pug was chewing on it too and is doing just fine, I'm scared that there are remanents of the seed in my yard. Prognosis for both my Yorkie and Pug? Please we are all extremely distraught, he was the only dog my dad loved since his other dog when he was a kid,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sago palm poisoning has a high mortality rate, I cannot give you any specific numbers but I cannot understand what took two hours at the clinic before initiating treatment; it would have been too late to induce vomiting but activated charcoal and supportive care should have been administered. Prognosis isn’t good, the delay from 5pm until arriving at the Veterinarian wouldn’t help, your pug would have a better prognosis than your yorkie. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

He is doing better. His liver enzymes are still elevated, but they have not increased from yesterday. He has been getting fluids, and ate a little bit. He prances while outside but you can still tell he doesn't feel well. Vet seems to think he's going to pull though. He's membranes are normal and he's abdominal region is not swollen.

My dog Lily just recently died yesterday. She was believed to eat one of these Sago Palms but we didn't notice any symptoms until the day after she died when she started stumbling in the backyard. When she died it seeming like it took a matter of hours unlike the stories of dogs being hospitalised for days. I wonder what else could have caused this sudden death if there is another factor.

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Jason
pit bull terrier
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

diarrhea with blood

Hi
I think my dog may have been in contact with this plant that I just bought. I don't have the money to go to a veterinary clinic right now. He is pooping diarrhea with some blood.No vomiting for now. Is there anything I can do at my house until I'm able to take him to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sago palm poisoning has a high mortality rate (around 50% quoted in literature), even small quantities can result in a poisoning event; supportive and symptomatic care with fluids, gastroprotectants, liver support and other care may be required. It is important that Jason is kept hydrated, but due to the high mortality rate I would recommend visiting a Veterinarian regardless of cost to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Pit bull
16 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

We believe our dog ate some type of palm this morning around 11 AM. She threw up around 6 PM and then vomited her dinner around 9 PM. She seems to be completely normal otherwise. The palm was dead, not sure if that makes a difference or not. Should we be concerned?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The seed of the sago palm is the most toxic, but the remainder of the palm is still toxic including dead leaves as they don’t reduce in toxicity once dead. Liver failure is a concern after ingestion of the sago palm and I would recommend you visit your Veterinarian for an examination and blood test to be on the safe side as we are not sure how much was consumed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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JUICY
Mixed
3 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

None. Diagnosed during regular check
No

Our dog had a sago palm seed in her mouth. The seed didn't have any of the furry substance on it. I think it was old. There were some bite marks but the seed was whole. I took her to the vet within 20 minutes. The vet induced vomiting where they found nothing but her dinner. So the are keeping her and doing the charcoal treatment, blood work, etc. I don't believe she actually ingested anything, but the vet said there could be "dust" on the seed. Not sure what "dust" means. It had rained hard here for 12 hours before this happened. I called 4 hour into her stay and she has no symptoms. And at 8 hours. No symptoms. Is it a possibity for them to not ingest anything and still get sick ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Usually ingestion is required to cause a toxic event; however, given the highly poisonous nature of the Sago Palm and high mortality rates along with delayed liver failure, your Veterinarian is being cautious especially as the seed is the most poisonous part of the plant. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bosco
American Staffordshire Terrier
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

playing
eating good

Medication Used

vitamin E
Ursodiol
omega-3
denamarin

My fur baby (American staff/mix 2 years old) got ahold of a darn sago root and possibly a seed a month ago. We had cut that sucker down about 6 months ago but law and behold Bosco went digging and found the root and other parts of the plant we couldn't get to. We didn't know at first and he consumed it around 8:30 pm and my husband had gone to bed around 10 ish I stayed up to watch HGTV and around 12 midnight he threw up and I notice it was very dark and saw it was mostly dirt and then saw that darn sago plant in it. I freaked and went outside to see he had dug a hole and gotten into it. We rushed him to the ER vet and there they induced more and he threw up two more time. They kept him and gave him charcoal and fluids for the next two days. The first blood test he took at 1:00 am was normal but dr. said it prolly won't show up till later then tested him again 12 noon and it was slightly higher just over 5 I think she said and later that night around 8 test again and was normal. The following day at 12 noon again and tested normal so I was able to take him home with meds Denamarin, omega-3, vitamin E, and Ursodiol. He seem to be doing ok not much of a appetite but after all he was through poor baby. We had to go back in a week for more blood work and this time it was elevated to 555 but the dr. said his liver is functioning great on other levels. So we came home alittle disappointed but we kept giving his meds and back again in two weeks which was just last week and this time they were down to 255 with I think 220 or 225 being normal. We felt a lot better this time. We go back again in a month now to check again. I am hoping for good results!! So my question is what do you think about these results? I love my baby and don't wanna lose him. Should I also be giving him some milk thistle with besides all his other medicines he is taking. He is eating ALOT better now.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It looks like Bosco is on a good path to recovery after a scary few weeks. I don’t believe that there is any other need for additional treatment; especially since denamarin contains the milk thistle extract silybin so he will be getting the benefit from it anyway. With his recovery, there is no need for additional therapy, just basic support if required and monitoring of his liver enzymes until they return to physiological range. Quick action on your part getting him to the Emergency Veterinarian and the immediate care he received would have been instrumental to his outcome; I cannot stress enough to people, in cases of suspected poisoning or known poisoning get Veterinary care immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Dear Bosco's mom,
Denamarin has milk thistle extract and SAM-e in it, it is not prescription and can be bought online.
My dog also ate Sago Palm, but I was not so fortunate to know that it was poisonous and I did not know that she had eaten any of it until she became jaundiced and quit eating. She now has permanent liver damage confirmed by a liver biopsy. So she takes ursodiol and denamarin all the time. I wish you luck with the healing of your pup!

Hey Doc, question.. I just gave Bosco the last pill of denamarin and I had told the vet I had some milk thistle 240 mg capules that was gonna give that after finishing the denamarin but they hadn't told me what dosage to give in the milk thistle. How much to give a 50 pound Bosco?

Thanks Doc!! I do hope he continues to a full recovery. It just scares me seeing how much he ate. Yeah I wish I could go put signs on these plants saying toxic to dogs :( We recently moved away to another house and I made SURE there were no sago plants around lol I rather have my beautiful pup then that plant. Again Thanks and I'll keep you informed if I need. :)

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Simba
Beagle
10 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

none

I was cutting the dead limbs off of my sago palm and I didn’t know it was poisonous to dogs until a researcher the plant because my hands are swollen from getting poked and feel like crap because my 10 week old puppy was chewing on the end of the limb that I cut off but only for a minute. He seems fine. from the time it happened till I found out it was poisonous was about 5-6 hours and showed no signs. Still isn’t showing signs and it’s been 8 hours. Should I go to the vet in the morning or will he be okay?!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sago palm seeds are the most toxic part but the fronds are also toxic too; since Simba is so young and the effects that sago palm can have on the liver you should visit a Veterinarian immediately to be on the safe side and to get liver support for Simba. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cash
Boxer
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Seizures

Last night (May 14th) I took my dog out for his nightly walk. He was super happy! My husband had him on his leash and stopped so he can explore(smell). About a few yards down he started to walk funny and sideways then he fell on his side and started to seize and foam at the mouth. His eyes were rolling back in his head. This lasted for about a minute. He completely snapped out of it and was his normal self. I rushed for my trk so he wouldn’t have to walk back home and he immediately went for his water. He had no nausea or vomiting nor diarrhea. He wanted fruit and was playful quickly thereafter. An hour later I looked up what could have caused this seizure and came across a list of things and I read sago plant was one of them. I ran out of my house with a flashlight to my front yard. There was the sago plant. The plant he stopped at to explore before our walk. There are no seeds or those red berries it has though. It’s just the plant. Is the whole plant itself poisonous too? I love my baby to death, and even though I didn’t take him to the Vet, could there be future damage I’m not seeing right now. Like I said, as of late, he’s back to his normal self.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Sago palms very toxic to dogs, any part of the plant. Sago palms will cause imminent liver failure, more than a one time seizure, so I'm not sure if that was the cause. It would be best to have Cash seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible, and have some lab work done to assess his organ function. If everything seems normal, it may have been an unrelated seizure, which your veterinarian can discuss in more details once they are able to examine him. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Buddha
American Bulldog
6 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

abdominal fluid
Jaundice
Vomiting

My 6 month old American Bully has possible Sago Palm Poisoning and has been sick for 2 weeks now. He has gained almost 21lbs (in 2 weeks) because of the abnormal fluid accumulation in his abdomen, however, he still manages to eat and play with our other dog. Our vet has informed us that there is a good chance that he just might pull through this, since he has surprisingly managed to make it this long. So, my question is, if this were your dog, do you think that we should go the extra mile and take out a loan to get him all the help that he would need? Or is there a slim chance to nothing that he will not even make it? (our family has been in a financial bind for the last 2 months and I'm trying to make the best decision for us all) Also, what would be the most common treatment plan for something like this? And what is the average time length that a dog will live after ingesting a Sago Palm Plant?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sago palm poisoning is very severe, especially when there is liver damage; Buddha’s case seems very severe and would require extensive medical therapy. When treated aggressively there is still a poor prognosis overall, with approximate mortality rates of around 50%; each case is different depending on the amount of sago palm consumed and the time until Veterinary treatment was initiated, your Veterinarian will have a better idea about the prognosis for Budda, but the prognosis isn’t favourable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pebbles
Pittbull mix
5 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My 5 month old ingested part of a sago palm. About 4 hrs. After she vomited 5 times this evening. We got up next day no vomiting has healthy appetite. Could she not have had sago poisoning from it?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to take Pebbles to her Veterinarian as ingestion of Sago Palm causes gastrointestinal symptoms in the short term but within two to four days may result in liver failure due to the presence of cycasin which can lead to death. Please take Pebbles to her Veterinarian for evaluation and supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Molly
Chihuahua
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Increased Urination

My dog Molly injested sago palm approximately 8 months ago. She was sick that first night but showed no symptoms the next day. She was her usual energetic playful dog.To this day she remains playful and full of energy.
I did not take her to the vet, I was unaware of how serious the poisening was.
Should I still be worried about liver damage?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Molly hasn’t had any symptoms until now, you are most likely in the clear; I would recommend you getting a blood test to check liver function to be on the safe side when you visit your Veterinarian next. Liver failure symptoms normally present within a few days of ingestion so if you haven’t seen anything thank your lucky stars. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/sago-palm/

wow. How much did she swollow? My dog swollowed a bunch and had to go to the emergancy vet because she got paralyzed and was hallousanating. I hope she survives. She is staying at the vet overnight.

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Vivian
2 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Lethargy

its been three almost four days since the sago palm incident. symptoms include lethargy and refusal to eat. no longer puking or experiancing runs. no signa of liver failure either. is there need to still be worried

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you know or suspect that your pet has eaten any poison you must visit your Veterinarian immediately as early treatment leads to a more favourable prognosis than have to treat liver disease or other complications. In cases of sago palm poisoning, signs of liver failure would show after three or four days; a blood test carried out by your Veterinarian would show the health of Vivian’s liver and kidneys. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Maltipoo
2 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My dog Bella was happy to see me and playful Thursday evening at 5:00. By 6:00 she was vomiting. She vomited white foam 6 or 7 times that evening. The next morning she was trembling and breathing hard. Took her to the Vet at 9:00 am and they did blood work. All it showed was extreme dehydration. They gave her a shot of fluids and anti nausea medicine. Within 2 hours she was completely lethargic. Took her to the Vet ER, and they did more blood. He asked if we had and Sago Palms, and we do. He kept her on fluids overnight, and when I went home to investigate I found a Sago Palm seed that had been chewed open. I carefully pieced it back together, and not much was missing. But apparently it does not take much. The next morning she was better and the same evening even a little better. Her Liver levels were still high, but not dangerously high. Tomorrow we will be approaching 72 hours from injestion. She is still at the Vet ER, and they will run more blood work in the morning. How long before we know she will be ok and out of danger? She looked normal and excited to see use this afternoon. Could she possibly still be in danger? What is usually the long term prognosis? Thank you.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Very small amounts of Sago Palm are very toxic to animals. If Bella is continuing to improve over 72 hours, that is typically the time frame that we worry about. It would be best to follow your veteirnarian's advice, as they have done a good job managing her condition if she is still alive, and she seems to be doing well.

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coco
Golden Retriever
15 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

Medication Used

No medications were prescribed

they induced vomiting and she threw up all the food and a treat i had given her and a piece of the sago that I feared she had consumed. Vet said she did an X-ray to be sure that she vomited everything in her stomach and then did activated charcoal in order to block toxins. They kept her 1.5 hrs and did subcutaneous fluids and then sent her home with me. she has urinated many times. Im afraid of dehydration but vet said no water because it could dilute charcoal or make her vomit. we did no enzyme exams as the vet said in was pricey and we already knew the problem and that since we took her in so soon it could possibly not even show, and the test was more necessary in 7 days after treatment.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I agree with the course of action your Veterinarian has taken and with subcutaneous fluids they would have given a sufficient amount to see her over this nil by mouth period. The effects of the poisoning on the liver or not immediately evident and it is best to have a blood test a few days afterwards to get a better picture than an immediate test and having false hope (plus wasting money). Keep a close eye on Coco and you can monitor if she becomes dehydrated by pressing on her gums until it turns white, let go and count; if it takes more than two seconds for the blood to return then there mild dehydration and Coco may require more fluids. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Our dog Lily has recently died yesterday due to the Sago Palm. It killed her over the course of about 2 days. We first noticed her odd behaviour when she was outside and started stumbling and having trouble walking the day after she died. I'm a bit confused on why it killed her so quickly unlike other dog when the survive and are treated over the course of a week.

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woodrow
Labrador Retriever
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Weakness
less enthusiastic
Vomiting
Lethargic
Won't eat

My dog ate a sago palm at about 8 in the morning and we later found out the it was poisonous at 6 in the afternoon. He has now been at the vet for two days with a little bit of abnormality in the liver, do you think that he will survive this without having lasting organ problems or any neurological problems.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say if she will survive or not, it all depends on the amount of the palm consumed and the anomaly on the liver test results; but dogs generally make a good recovery after poisoning events but I cannot give you any assurances, you should discuss with your Veterinarian as they are able to assess Woodrow’s current condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mia
Boerboel
7.5
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Extreme Thirst
Loss of Appetite

Medication Used

Amoxicillin
Famotidine 20mg
Metronidazole

My 7.5 year old dog ate a sago palm plant 4/06/17. We took her into the emergency vet clinic that evening to begin treatment after learning how toxic it is. She was there for 3 days and all her liver value tests came back good. Took her into her regular vet 4/10/17 for a liver recheck & the test came back good then too. However, about a week later she stopped eating. Tried bland food which worked for a day then she went back to not eating. Vet had her stop taking the liver enzyme pills as they thought they were irritating her stomach. Did some tests & found 3 of the values came back above normal. She had bacteria show up in the tests and in her stool sample. They put her on famotidine, amoxicillin & metronidazole last Thursday 4/20/17. She still wouldn't eat. Admitted her Friday 4/21/17 afternoon to be put on an IV to get some nutrients & electrolytes. She ate some canned dog food there. Now she won't eat again. I've tried everything. The only thing she will voluntarily eat are her Natural Balance sweet potato & fish treats (she normally eats Natural Balance large breed lamb & rice). I got her the same flavor of dry & canned food. She won't eat it. She seems to have excessive thirst and going pee more than normal. Vet said the next step would be for her to get an ultrasound, xrays or more testing. I've now spent over $3k and am frustrated. The vets around here are not very familiar with the sago palm and I'm worried they are missing something.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Sago palm poisoning has a poor prognosis in general with many dogs getting liver failure after three or four days. Dogs which survive the initial poisoning event are still at risk of liver failure after a few weeks due to fibrosis of the liver which reduces the liver’s physiologic ability. Ultrasound with a Specialist may be able to tell you if there is fibrosis of the liver. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zant
Catahoula mix
6 Months
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Fluid In Abdomen

How common is it for a dog that has survived an initial Sego Palm poisoning to develop a protein deficiency 6-8 weeks later? My dog had eaten the leaves of a sego in the beginning of May. He received treatment and was given the all clear two weeks later by our vet. (He had responded to the liver therapy we continued for two weeks after the poisoning) when I came home from work Friday I noticed his stomach looked a little distended, by Saturday morning he looked pregnant so I rushed him to the vet. He was accumulating clear fluid in his abdomin, had a high white blood cell count, anemia, and low protein levels. He was given a dirretic, steroids,and antibiotics and they sent us home some for me to continue. They didn't want to pull the fluid off because it might send him into shock but if the dirretic didn't work by Monday morning, I was supposed to bring him back and they would remove the fluid. By Sunday morning his stomach was stretched to the size of a beach ball so I rushed him to the emergency vet. They told me this is a very rare side effect from the sego Palm poisoning where 6-8 weeks after the initial poisoning the dog will develop a protein deficiency that comes on rapidly and has a very low survival rate. I was wondering how often this really happens and if you have seen this before. The emergency vet said he had only seen it two other times and even with aggressive treatment, the other two dogs had not survived.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Zant. The toxicity to the liver in Sago palm poisoning is dramatic and often fatal. I haven't personally seen this syndrome, but it does exist. I hope that Zant pulls through this problem.

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