Wingham and Valley Vets have issued a warning to their newsletter readers on the dangers posed by Cycad plants to pets.
They warn the Cycad plants are extremely toxic to pets and report the Cycad (Sago) Palms have been spotted for sale in the major supermarkets.
“Unfortunately, they are a very popular garden plant, however if you own a dog or cat please do not buy this toxic plant and remove any you already have from your garden immediately,” warned the article.
Symptoms of Cycad toxicity include vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and lethargy.
Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) urges pet owners to be cautious of plants that are toxic to animals.
AVA president Dr Paula Parker said: “Cycads or ‘Sago palms’ have become quite popular. However, they are extremely toxic to our pets. In fact, all parts of the Cycad plant including the seeds, roots and leaves are toxic to animals.”