Katherine’s Caprine Corner July/August 2019

Katherine’s Caprine Corner July/August 2019
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Katherine Drovdahl MH CA CR CEIT DipHIr QTP answers your questions about Mayapple wildflower, liver cleanses, dehorning goats, and runny noses in summertime. Q.  Mayapple wildflower grows rampant in Tennessee including my pasture. Is it a deadly plant for goats?  A. While it’s not deadly if goats take a random bite, I would not recommend Podophyllum pelatatun as a good plant for any livestock and especially pregnant ones. The seeds and immature green fruits are considered toxic. Toxins are also extracted from their roots (rhizomes) and the juices can be used to help remove warts. It has a higher known alkaloid content, and alkaloids have a negative impact on the nervous system and mental ability, either slowing or increasing nervous system activity as well as causing the nerves and other cells to lose minerals. Mayapple can also cause moderate to severe GI pain (which could possibly excite a uterus and could cause loss of kids).

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