CYCAD POISONING IN LARGE ANIMALS
 
Description    Cycads are a family of palm-like tropical and subtropical plants. Animals eating this plant can develop weakness and ataxia in the hind limbs. There is demyelination and axonal degeneration in the brain, spinal cord, and dorsal root ganglia.
 
Species   Bovine, Equine, Caprine, Ovine, Porcine
 
Signs   Abnormal proprioceptive positioning, Ataxia, Dysmetria, Hindlimb atrophy, Inability to stand, Paraparesis, Underweight, poor condition, thin, emaciated, unthriftiness, ill thrift, Weight loss
 
References   Niles GA. Toxicoses of the Ruminant Nervous System. Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract 2017;33:111 [Web Reference]
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