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In Reply to: Re: Tomatoes and Potatos - Poisonous? posted by GoatWorld on August 28, 2001 at 11:06:38:
Thanks for the info. I agree with what you said about "too much of anything..." For example, many people feed garlic as a food additive for horses as an all-natural fly repellent (is anyone trying that with their goats?). They think because it's all natural it can do no harm, right? Wrong! Here is what a recent article is a popular horse mag has to say about it (paraphrased from Sept. Horse & Rider):
Garlic is a member of the allium species, and poisonous to horses. Toxic dose is 5 grams of fresh, frosted, or rotting product, and the effects can be cumulative with regular feeding. Dehydrated garlic contains even more toxin per gram.
Garlic toxicity results in anemia. Spleen enlargement and kidney damage can occur with longterm use. Signs of toxicity include pale gums, lethargy, jaundice, and coffee-colored urine. A vet can perform a bloodtest to check for toxin and anemia.
Horses can perform with anemia but will get markedly weaker as the anemia progresses. It can be a serious health threat. If you've been feeding garlic w/o any apparent side effects, that doesn't mean he hasn't been affected. Discontinue use immediately.
It's important to note that many plants that provide a good food source in the fruit, seed, roots, or stalk, can at the same time, be toxic in their other plant parts.
Good topic...SO many people think "ahhh, goats...they can eat anything!"
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