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Below is a list of plants known to be poisonous to goats. Most goats will only eat a poisonous plant if they are starving. Some symptoms of poisoning are similar to the symptoms of bloat. If a goat has eaten something poisonous they will most likely be kicking at the ground, foaming at the mouth, vomiting and the rumen may appear to be swollen. They must be treated immediately with a charcoal gel or like substance or death will occur.
Not all parts of the plant or varieties of a species of plant is harmful. Certain parts of some plants may be dangerous such as the flower, fruit, root, stalk, or leaves but not the entire plant is harmful.
Any type of foodstuff can also cause problems in the rumen if fed in large quantities such as grain, fresh grass, moldy feed or hay, etc. If bloating has occured due to feeding large quantities, goats must be treated with bloat release. The most common cause of bloat is leaving goats out on fresh pasture. If you are wanting to introduce your goats to fresh pasture, to prevent bloating feed them grain and hay first and then put them on fresh pasture to limit the amount of fresh lush grass that they are able to consume.