Sago palms (also called King palms or King Sago palms) are a hardy, ornamental plant found commonly in the Houston area. Given their prevalence, you or someone near you may even have one of these Sago palms growing in the yard. But did you know that this plant can be harmful to your pets? Dogs in particular are likely to chew on these palms or ingest the seeds/nuts and may become extremely ill as a result. While it is not well understood why these plants are so toxic, we do know that they primarily affect the liver and can lead to liver failure and death. If your dog has access to these plants, please be sure they are supervised when around them. If your dog does eat or chew on the bark or seeds of a Sago palm, please seek veterinary care immediately. The sooner the exposure is handled, the less likely the risk of long term complications.