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Toxic Plants


It is a common misconception that goats can eat anything and everything. They do not have the stomach that they are perceived to have. In many cases goats are bought to help clean up unwanted weeds and grass, but it is important to remember that there are plants that are toxic to goats and may even be deadly. Before purchasing goats be sure to check your flower beds and surrounding areas for toxic plants where the goats may be grazing. If you think your goat has ingested a toxic plant please contact us as soon as possible. Some symptoms to look for are vomiting and lethargy. The size of the goat and the type and amount of toxic plant ingested can yield different prognoses.

We have provided a list below of plants to keep away from our goat friends.

Aconite Elderberry Milo St. John's Wort
Allspice False Hellebore Nightshade Snakeberry
Arrow Grass False Jessamine Oledander Spurge
Bagpod Fume Worth Oak Sweet Shrub
Baneberry Goast Weed Poison Darnel Thorn Apple
Black Locust Ground Ivy Poison Hemlock Varebells
Black Snake Root Hellebore Poison Rye Grass Velvet Grass
Bloodroot Hemp Purple Sesban Wild Parsnip
Blue Cohosh Horse Nettle Poke Weed Wolfs-Bane
Boxwood Indian Hemp Pine Trees White Snakeroot
Broomcarn Indian Poke Ponderosa Pine Needles Wild Black Cherry
Buckwheat Inkberry Pink Death Wild Hydrangea
Buckeye Ivy Rattleweed White Cohosh
Buttercups Jimson Weed Rock Poppy Yellow Jessamine
Celandine Johnson Grass Rhododendron
Cherry Kafir Rape
Choke Cherry Klamath Weed Rattlebox
Crow Poison Lantana Senecio
Clover Larkspur Spider Lily
Common poppy Laurel Spotted Cowbane
Corn Cockle Leucothoe Spotted Water Hemlock
Crotalaria Lilly of the Valley Stagger Grass
Cocklebur Lobelia Staggerweed
Coffee Weed Lupines Stevenbark
Dogbane Maleberry Stagger Bush
Crowfoot Marijuana Silver
Downy Broome Grass Milkweed Sudan Grass
Death Camas Monkshood Sneezewood
Dicentra Moonseed Sorghum