Additional Common Names: Coontie Palm, Cardboard Palm, cycads, and zamias
Scientific Name: Cycas revoluta, zamia species
Toxicity: Toxic to Dogs, Toxic to Cats, Toxic to Horses
Toxic Principles: Cycasin
Sago Palms are plants that are indigenous to Florida that many people do not realize are toxic to dogs. All parts of the Sago Palm are toxic to dogs, with the seeds of the Sago Palm being the most poisonous part. The main component in the Sago Palm that is toxic is cycasin, which can cause severe liver failure in dogs. It usually takes 15 minutes to several hours after ingesting for any symptoms to show up.
Here are symptoms to watch out for:
- Abnormal fluid accumulation in the abdomen
- Abdominal pain
- Black-tarry stool
We recommend that if you suspect your dog or cat to have eaten a Sago Palm please give us a call.
For more information, you can visit the poison control website here.