GOAT'S RUE, GALEGA OFFICINALIS, POISONING IN SHEEP AND CATTLE
 
Description    The legume GALEGA OFFICINALIS is also known as goat's rue, French lilac, and French honeysuckle. Poisoning due to this plant has been reported in Britain, France, Romania, and New Zealand. Poisoning is usually related to feeding dry hay of freshly cut fodder containing the plant, rarely due to consumption of the standing plant.
 
Species   Bovine, Ovine
 
Signs   Anorexia, Dullness, Dyspnea, Increased respiratory rate, Neck swelling, Opisthotonus, Seizures or syncope, Skin edema, Sudden death, Trembling, Tremor
 
References   Parton K. Plant poisoning in New Zealand. N Z Vet J 2002;50:Suppl:22
Gresham ACJ. Poisoning of sheep by goat`s rue. Vet Rec 1991;129:197
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