Acute renal failure due to Amaranthus species ingestion by lambs

Allan Kessell, John Boulton, Gaye Krebs, Jane Quinn

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Case report: This report documents an outbreak of acute renal failure in a flock of 9‐month‐old White Suffolk‐cross ewe lambs. The mortality rate was moderate but the morbidity was high. The lambs had grazed a wheat stubble paddock in which there were several weed species, including Amaranthus spp.
Clinical significance: Renal failure in livestock has been reported internationally following the ingestion of Amaranthus spp. and although it has previously been suspected in Australia no cases have been documented. It is important for Australian veterinarians and farmers to realise the toxic potential of this group of plants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-213
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Veterinary Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


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