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Inquiries about prognosis after cycad poisoning. Dog

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Inquiries about prognosis after cycad poisoning. Dog ingested approximately 1 cup of sago palm tree root 24 hours ago.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 7 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question. I'm sorry for the long wait.

The prognosis really depends on how bad the liver is affected and the response to treatment. If there is fulminant liver failure- high liver enzymes, jaundice, elevated clotting times- those dogs have a pretty guarded prognosis for survival.

If the liver values are only mildly elevated and the clotting times are normal, we can have a good prognosis with IV fluids support, liver protectants (SAMe, milk thistle) and time. Just be warned, it can take weeks to months before the liver enzymes normalize.

I always give these guys a shot, as I've had many pull through with time and supportive care. It could be a long road, though.

I hope things go well. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 7 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about Kona. How is everything going?
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