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Marlene Fanaras
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Username: Mfanaras

Post Number: 9
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Wednesday, Sep 29, 2004 - 5:57 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

We are finding some milkweed in our hay. We try picking it all out before feeding. What are the chances of something fatal happening if we miss a piece. Normally the horses do not eat it but if by chance some gets by, how bad is it?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 11296
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Tuesday, Oct 5, 2004 - 9:37 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Marlene,
Most species of milkweed, a large family of plants, that can be moderately toxic. Toxicity varies from specie to specie. The leaves, stems, and sap all contain the poison and though you may be picking out the plant parts, the crushed stems might have sap run out to the other parts of the hay. I strongly recommend you not feed hay contaminated with milkweed. For more information on this see the many poisonous plant links at Equine Diseases Poisons , Venoms & Poisonous Plants Topic Poisons, Poisonous Plants, and Venemous Animals.
DrO
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