Case Report

Cardiomyopathy caused by avocado (Persea Americana Mill) leaves

Rina Grant, P. A. Bassson, Hellen H. Booker, J. B. Hofherr, M. Anthonissen
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 62, No 1 | a1578 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v62i1.1578 | © 2020 Rina Grant, P. A. Bassson, Hellen H. Booker, J. B. Hofherr, M. Anthonissen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 August 2017 | Published: 30 March 1991

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Rina Grant, Central Veterinary Laboratory, Windhoek, Namibia
P. A. Bassson, Veterinary Laboratory, Grootfontein, South Africa
Hellen H. Booker, Central Veterinary Laboratory, Windhoek, Namibia
J. B. Hofherr, State Veterinarian, Otavi, Namibia
M. Anthonissen, Central Veterinary Laboratory, Windhoek, Namibia

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Abstract

Six of 21 goats feeding on fresh avocado (Persea americana) leaves from pruned trees, showed clinical signs of cardiac distress. Some sheep subsequently dosed experimentally at different dosage rates with the same and other avocado varieties, showed clinical signs of respiratory or cardiac distress and myocardial lesions at autopsy.

Keywords

avocado; Persea americana; myocardial lesions; small stock poisoning

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