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Glyphosate poisoning

Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide; it is the most widely used herbicide worldwide. It is commonly used before sowing and also just before harvesting crops. Although exposure in livestock has been reported, glyphosate itself is generally considered of low acute toxicity Ingestion of plant material treated with glyphosate is only likely to cause mild signs. Eye and skin irritation are also possible from spray drift, contact with wet plant material or spills of a glyphosate-containing product.

Written by Nicola Bates (VPIS) BSc (Brunel) BSc (Open) MSc MA SRCS
Reviewed by Alan Murphy BVMS DBR MSc MRCVS

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Sweet potato poisoning

Natural outbreaks of poisoning in cattle and other mammals have occurred in Papua New Guinea, Japan, Australia, North and South America, and the UK. The tuberous roots is used as cattle food, because of their palatability and high energy content. Ingestion of moldy tubers causes atypical interstitial pneumonia resulting from acute, diffuse damage to alveolar septa and subsequent influx of protein-rich fluid into the airspaces.

Written by Sweet potato poisoning
Reviewed by Mike Reynolds BVM&S DCHP MRCVS RCVS

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Hemlock poisoning

Hemlock (Conium maculatum) is native to Europe and North Africa but has been introduced and widely naturalized in parts of North and South America, Australia and West Asia. It is a fetid, biennial plant growing up to 3 m high. It grows in damp places, meadows, open woods, river, stream and canal margins, roadsides and disturbed ground. Signs can be rapid in onset and occur within a few minutes or up to 3 h. In some cases, effects can occur later.

Written by Nicola Bates (VPIS) BSc (Brunel) BSc (Open) MSc MA SRCS
Reviewed by Alan Murphy BVMS DBR MSc MRCVS

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