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.