CUCUMIS POISONING IN CATTLE AND SHEEP
 
Description    CUCUMIS species, family CUCURBITACEAE, is a plant found in subtropical and temperate areas such as southern Africa and Australia. Poisonings of cattle and sheep due to this plant have been described, and calves have died following experimental poisoning.
 
Species   Bovine, Ovine
 
Signs   Anorexia, Colic, Coma, Cyanosis, Dehydration, Diarrhea, Dullness, Dyspnea, Fever, Generalized weakness, Inability to stand, Increased respiratory rate, Mucoid nasal discharge, Purulent nasal discharge, Rumen hypomotility or atony, Sudden death, Tachycardia, Underweight, poor condition, thin, emaciated, unthriftiness, ill thrift, Weight loss
 
References   Jubb TF. Poisoning of cattle attributed to cucumis melo ssp agrestis (ulcardo melon). Aust Vet J 1995;72:274
Carter GI. Prickly paddy melon (cucumis myriocarpus) poisoning of cattle. Aust Vet J 1990;67:276
McKenzie RA. Prickly paddy melon (cucumis myriocarpus) poisoning of cattle. Aust Vet J 1988;65:167
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