English Ivy (Hedera helix)

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This page contains information regarding a plant "known to be poisonous" to goats as well as other animals. This information was researched from various resources. Please note, that the author is not a botanist or specialist regarding plants. This information is posted for your reference and comparison purposes only.

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The foliage is more toxic than the berries.


Low. Contains the toxic principle hederagenin (a steroid saponic glycoside), triterpenoid saponins, and falcardinol and didehydrofalcarinol.

While English Ivy is widely listed as a plant poisonous to goats, there has been a recent surge of using goats to control English Ivy (see article). It is considered that English Ivy, when eaten in conjunction with other plants, may increase the level of toxicity in goats. Goats used for milk or meat purposes should not be allowed access to English Ivy.

Gastrointestinal upset, diarrhea, hyperactivity, breathing difficulty, coma, fever, polydipsia, dilated pupils, muscular weakness, and incoordination.


These plants are not likely to be incorporated into hay or other feeds, but if so, the toxins are likely to remain.

Animals should not be allowed to consume these plants. Offer small amounts of fresh grass or other safe plant material (depending on the species), or remove the plant from the pet's environment. Some pets do not "learn their lesson" and may return to chew on these plants. In these situations, it is best to remove the plant from the pet's environment.

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