Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Beware Of The Sago Palm

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Dear readers,
We received an email from the ASPCA this morning and decided to pass it along to you in its entirety.

It’s something that we did not know about a plant that you can buy here in Oswego County now, the Sago Palm.

It’s a nice looking plant, but, unfortunately, deadly to pets.

Here is what the ASPCA has to say:

Every year, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) handles thousands of cases of pets eating various plants. But lately, one plant has become a growing cause of pet poisoning across the United States: the Sago Palm.

The Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta) is a stocky, spike-leaved plant that is often used for landscaping.

It is most commonly seen in Southern states, but thanks to increasing availability in gardening and big box stores nationwide, the APCC has seen a spike of more than 200% in Sago Palm toxicity cases nationwide. 50-75% of ingestion cases result in fatalities.

“It used to be that we only got calls from places like Texas, Florida and California, but about three years ago we started seeing cases pop up other places,” said APCC Medical Director Tina Wismer.

Because people in Northern regions may not be as familiar with this plant, we want to arm pet-parents with this information.

While the Sago Palm’s seeds are the most poisonous component, the entire plant is toxic.

Clinical signs of Sago Palm toxicity include:

Bloody stools
Increased thirst
Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis
Blood clotting disorders
Liver damage or liver failure
Death can occur without immediate treatment.

Thanks to the ASPCA for this important information.

Remember, if you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested any poisonous substance, please call your veterinarian right away.

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Located at 110 W. Second St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

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