November 11, 2020

The popular plant that's sneakily toxic

The popular plant that's sneakily toxic
Dr. Chris Brown

Well, here's something that might be a surprise. One of the biggest garden dangers to pets is largely unknown to dog owners. Here’s how to avoid problems...

It baffles me that somehow, over the years, it’s been left off a number of lists of dangerous plants. Yet, currently, I’d see (and hear of) as many poisonings from this plant as any other.

So what is it?

It’s the Cycad (or Sago Palm).

A common ornamental plant in gardens looking for that lush tropical feel. While all parts of the palm are toxic, the seeds are the most dangerous as they not only have a higher concentration of the toxin (Cycasin) but they’re also the most appealing for dogs to chew on. Eating even just two seeds can be fatal. Some reports even indicate the leaves are appealing for dogs to chew on.

Early warning signs are vomiting, dehydration, lethargy and diarrhea that often has blood with liver damage potentially progressing to liver failure and tragically even death within 7-14 days in the most severe cases.

The best solution? Remove them from your garden. I have. It’s just not worth the risk.

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