Poisonous Palm Seeds, Beware of this Deadly Little Berry!




I have horribly sad news to report, Hugo our dachshund rescue adopt-a-dog passed away recently because he ate a tiny palm seed from a palm tree.  He needed several surgeries and was doing better in recovery, when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest.  We are all completely heartbroken.  I met Hugo at a pet expo this year and assisted the Dachshund Rescue of South Florida with taking some photos of Hugo and posting his adoption information on DOGZAR.com.    Hugo was  a very sweet and loving little dog.


Palm Seeds

Palm Seeds in a Palm Tree

When I learned this information, I had no idea about palm seeds at all.  I have seen these little red berries on palm trees and scattered all around the ground and have walked passed them a million times before without even a thought.  We all go to such great lengths to protect our dogs from all the dangers lurking . . . frogs, toxic chemicals, toxic food, we buy life vests so when we take our dogs boating they are safe, we buy special gates to protect our dogs from falling through balconies and down stairs, we spend a fortune on vaccinations and routine veterinary exams to keep them healthy and a tiny red berry on the sidewalk can quickly end your dogs life, who knew?

My dogs are both extremely motivated by food.  We call Rocco Jet, “The Nibbler”, because all he wants to do is nibble all day.  Bruce Lee we call, “The Hoover”, because he is constantly searching the ground for particles of anything to eat.  Sometimes I think I should just put tiny muzzel’s on them to protect them  from eating things they find on the ground.  My biggest fear was that they would find someones discarded medication on the ground and eat that, now I am horrified of palm seeds.


Palm Seeds

Palm Seeds

After doing some research, if you suspect your dog has eaten a palm seed, the symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, liver failure and seizures.  Also, your dog can react from the toxins in two different ways, suffer immediate damage in 1 to 4 days of eating the berry or the chronic damage where your dog suffers liver damage in 1 to 3 months!  The only thing you can do is to seek immediate medical treatment from your Veterinarian.

I know in my heart that Hugo is now in Heaven and running around happy and healthy.  I hope that this tragedy will help other dogs from ever suffering from ingesting these tiny red berries.  Please protect your dogs from palm seeds. When walking your dog outside, keep your dog on a leash and walk far away from these seeds.

DOGZAR wants to help keep your dog . . . SAFE, HEALTHY and HAPPY!


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5 Responses to Poisonous Palm Seeds, Beware of this Deadly Little Berry!

  1. me says:

    thank you very very much for taking the trouble to help others to avoid losing a loved one. i am really grateful to you for informing me. i had no idea these berries could be a problem; i have two dogs and have been searching the net for a palm i saw that had berries. and now i know not to get one! you might have saved two lives and probably many many more by catching people like me researching palms to get.

    i wish you all the best

  2. joseph says:

    is it also poisonous to Human

  3. Catwalk803 says:

    Thank you for this post and especially the pictures. My dog has been sick for the last 1.5 wks (not deathly ill, but definitely something wrong). Vomiting, loose bowels and in general just not herself. She also has been drinking a lot more water than usual. I saw “whole” berries in her stool two days days ago and also when she vomited yesterday. I searched my property in hopes of finding what she was noshing on. We live on the coast and there are palm trees all over the yard. The berries match you pictures and also what I found in her stools. I’m praying that the damage is not serious since I’m finding the berries in tact. I will make an appt with vet.

    Your pictures helped me identify the berries. There are so many variations of palm trees and the pictures I found in research yesterday didn’t match what was in my yard. Then I found your link!

    I am very sorry for your loss – I cannot imagine losing my lab because of something they ate. God Bless you and thank you for your post.

  4. Carla says:

    Very sad to hear about your pup! When you say your two dogs are both extremely motivated by food, yes i understand, almost all dogs are. If you want them to stop acting like a “hoover” or a “nibbler” you can train your dogs to learn that this behavior is not acceptable, we did it with our “hoover” as it was becoming dangerous for his health, he was even eating bugs and had a dangerous swelling from munching wasps!! Within 1 month of never ever accepting “hoover” or a “nibbler” attitudes your dogs will stop! Yay! But you have to be rigorous and constantly keep an eye out for a while, but then the behavior should occur less and then its not so much hard work. Good thing is you won’t need to worry about them eating what they should eat only what you give them.

    Hope this helps in future.

  5. Mark says:

    My dog almost passed away last week and I found these berries in her vomit. I took her to the er and they injected her with cerenia and that seemed to help. It took her four days to pass one of the berries. I’m getting a muzzle for her when we walk. Thank u so much for this article

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