Woman Issues Warning After Dog Dies From Eating Houseplant
Kate Wagner shared the story of her "sweet baby Lily" who she says ended up fighting for her life in the emergency unit at the vets for a week.
The Frenchie had eaten some of Kate's Sago Palm - a common house plant that is extremely toxic to humans and animals - and had started to exhibit signs she was sick soon after.
"This past week has been an extremely difficult journey for us," she writes in the post. "Our sweet baby Lily got into one of my houseplants and ended up fighting for her life at the emergency vet for nearly a week.
"She is now home with a feeding tube and a medication schedule that spans from 7 AM until 12 AM daily. There have been many tears shed, dollars spent, and guilt felt... all because of a $5 plant."
Kate added: "I had no idea when I purchased it from a big box garden center last summer that this little 6-inch plant would become my nightmare."
Despite being allowed to return home with a feeding tube and medication, Lily's condition deteriorated, and on Saturday 16th May, Kate posted the devastating update that Lily had passed away.
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"Lily passed away in our arms," the owner wrote. "She fought hard, loved hard, and gave us a couple butt wiggles just before she just couldn't fight any longer.
"We loved her so very much and gave her all the love and care in the weeks since the incident we could possibly give. We are truly devastated."
The bereaved pet owner finished by saying: "If you are a houseplant lover, please research your house plants prior to purchasing.
"Even if you think the house plant is in a secure location, mischievous little paws may still get into trouble."
All parts of the Sago Palm are extremely toxic to humans and animals, and can cause liver failure and death from even minimal exposure. This includes the trunk, roots, leaves, and small berry-like seeds.
If you're unsure, the Dog's Trust have put together a poisonous plants fact sheet.
Featured Image Credit: Kate Wagner
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