Dogs and cats are known to chew on and eat plants, some of which pose toxicity dangers to pets. Sago palms are one of these plants. All parts of the sago palm can cause severe damage to the liver and potentially death when they are ingested by dogs or cats.
Symptoms and types
The symptoms and effects of sago palm ingestion can be severe. Please look out for the following symptoms:
When a dog or cat ingests a sago palm, a toxin called cycasin begins to damage the liver. Liver disease can lead to abnormal bleeding and clots in the bloodstream in addition to neurological abnormalities.
Diagnosis And Treatment of sago palm poisoning
A series of blood and urine tests are performed, and test results may show signs of liver disease. Diagnosis is also based on history of presence and ingestion of the plant.
If ingestion has just occurred and symptoms are not present, your veterinarian may induce vomiting.
If evidence of liver disease is present via clinical signs or abnormalities in blood and/or urine tests, additional treatment will be necessary. Fluid therapy and blood/plasma transfusions will be required. Controlling vomiting with anti-emetic medications is recommended. Antibiotics, gastrointestinal protectants and vitamin K may also be administered by your veterinarian. S-Adenosylmethionine, Ursodeoxycholic acid, or vitamin E may be of benefit as well.
preventing sago palm poisoning
You can help avoid ingestion by making sure the sago palm is out of reach of your pets. Ideally, this plant should be removed from your yard to ensure your pet's safety. If you remove a sago palm from your environment, it's important to ensure no debris remains that your pet may be tempted to ingest. Many sago palm toxicities occur when squirrels or other animals transport portions of sago palms into other yards that may not contain the plant itself, so always be cautious of any plant debris your pet can ingest.
If you suspect that your pet has ingested any part of a sago palm, please call one of our 3 locations immediately or click on the button below in order to seek help from the best veterinarians in The Woodlands.
Dental Care For Dogs And Cats
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, about 80% of dogs and 70% of cats show signs of dental disease by their 3rd birthday.
Plaque, tartar and bacteria in the mouth may lead to periodontal disease which can spread through the bloodstream to the heart, liver and kidneys and shorten your pet's life.
Periodontal disease increases the risk for other, more serious health conditions. Because of this, daily home care in conjunction with annual veterinary dental exams and dental cleanings as needed are essential. In fact, studies indicate that daily home brushing and regular dental care may add as much as five years to your pet's life!
Your pet's overall wellness depends on good oral health. The following factors can contribute to dental disease in your dog or cat:
Dental disease becomes more common as your pet gets older. Without proper care, dental disease can pose a problem. If nothing is done to care for your pet's mouth, periodontal disease can progress and your pet may even lose teeth. Dental disease can be painful, causing your pet to avoid or have difficulty eating meals. This may result in weight loss and an unkempt hair coat.
Some breeds have a predisposition to periodontal disease. This can occur for several reasons. Dog's with short faces like the Pug, Shih-tzu, Lhasa Apso, French Bulldog, and their mixes have teeth that are overcrowded making it more difficult to keep teeth and gums clean. Toy breed dogs have a tendency to develop periodontal disease at an earlier age. Many purebred cats are also predisposed to worse dental disease, especially Siamese, Abyssinians and Persians.
Poor nutrition can contribute to the development and progression of periodontal disease. Feeding a premium, well balanced diet for your pet's life stage is paramount to maintaining your pet's overall health.
Routine dental home care can significantly slow the progression of periodontal disease. Dental home care is recommended at least 4-5 times weekly. While brushing is best, enzymatic oral rinses and chews can all be part of a proper dental home care routine.
Uh-oh - There's tartar on my pet's teeth!
If you notice your pet has bad breath, tartar build up or other oral concerns, call the office to schedule an appointment for one of our veterinarians to examine your pet. They can determine if a dental cleaning is in your pet's best interest. During a dental cleaning, your pet will be placed under general anesthesia to allow for airway protection, complete oral examination, full mouth dental radiographs to evaluate the health of the teeth under the gum line and hand/ultrasonic scaling of the tooth surfaces and beneath the gum line. After a thorough dental cleaning, routine dental home care is recommended at least 4-5 times weekly.
If your dog or cat is due for a dental cleaning, make an appointment with one of our caring veterinarians and vet tech staff by calling us at 281-292-4700, or by clicking on the button below.