Palm trees can be deadly to dogs

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The symptoms in most dogs are vomiting and diarrhea. Wilson says about 30 percent of dogs who swallow any part of the Sago Palm die.

Dory, a seven month old Boston terrier, is back to running around and getting into everything she can find.

(NBC) - A certain type of palm tree that's plentiful all across the American south can be deadly for your pet, particularly dogs.

Dory, a seven month old Boston terrier, is back to running around and getting into everything she can find.

Just days ago though, she was in the emergency room after she swallowed part of a sago palm.

The symptoms in most dogs are vomiting and diarrhea. Wilson says about 30 percent of dogs who swallow any part of the Sago Palm die.

Dr. Wilson says just because dogs don't show symptoms after eating the plant it doesn't mean their out of the woods.

Treatment and lab work that can continue for days, even weeks, just like in Dory's case.

If you live in an area with sago palms Dr. Wilson suggests removing them from your property completely, or fencing them off from your dog.

If you're visiting these areas with your dog, learn to recognize the sago palm, or keep you dog away from all palms trees during your trip.


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