Cucurbita pepo (vegetable marrow, squash). Related species: Cucurbita maxima (pumpkin). A member of the plant family CUCURBITACEAE. Annual herbaceous plant with large lobed, hairy leaves. Large oblong fruits which have a smooth or ridged outer skin, mottled green in colour with a dense, yellow-white flesh, containing large, flat seeds.


[affected.gif] Animals most affected
Although poisoning is very rare, it may arise through ingestion of the seeds.


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Contains a number of substances, some of which are known to be toxic but which have not been fully characterized.
Toxic oral doses are not well established.
In g of seeds/day:
TD sheep 400 for 2-4 days
  dogs 50-l00



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Clinical features
In ruminants and horses

In dogs

In poultry


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Non-specific:




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No antidote. Symptomatic care only.