PRIVET, LIGUSTRUM, POISONING IN LARGE ANIMALS
 
Description    Privet, LIGUSTRUM, is a genus of woody shrubs and small trees used as ornamental shrubs or hedges; it can also grow wild. A toxin in the plant can cause signs; animals eating hedge trimmings are at high risk.
 
Species   Bovine, Equine, Caprine, Ovine
 
Signs   Abnormal proprioceptive positioning, Anorexia, Ataxia, Colic, Dehydration, Diarrhea, Dullness, Dysmetria, Generalized weakness, Hypothermia, Inability to stand, Increased respiratory rate, Rumen hypomotility or atony, Sudden death, Tachycardia, Underweight, poor condition, thin, emaciated, unthriftiness, ill thrift, Vomiting or regurgitation, Weight loss
 
References   Nicholson SS. Southeastern Plants Toxic to Ruminants. Vet Clin N A Food Anim Pract 2011;27:447 [Web Reference]
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