Death Camass(Camas) Red Maple
5-24-05 A poisonous plant that looks like grass when just coming thru the top soil has caused a couple of Alpaca deaths in Laramie WY area, and has been found and possibly eaten by animals in the Parker & Elbert, CO area.
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I (webmistress) saw a less mature version of this 5-14-05 - the flowers portion on the 2 inch center stem was only about 1 inches long, and just the same pale blue-green shade as the leaves, with a slightly enlarged tip area with sort of cross hatching.
Laramie, WY, 5-22-05
I am writing this to alert everyone about the weed, Death Camas . We have lost 2 and almost 3 alpacas to this. We had a male that was staggering and walking like he was drunk. We gave him some activated charcoal and put him in the trailer and took him to CSU. This was on a Sunday. The next morning a female was down so we called the vet. She thought that she just had a tummy ache. I suggested giving her the activated charcoal, but the vet didn't think it was necessary. That night she died. When the vet was here we had her look at another male, whose head was shaky. So she started asking what they might have been eating and started looking in the pasture and found a plant that she thought might be death camas, but wasn't sure. I got on the Internet and found it, and sure enough that is what it was. We found several plants with the tops eaten off. Then we had a cria that died also. It took her really fast. Didn't see any symptoms.
August 15, 2004 (Volume 225, No. 4)
Hemolysis and Heinz body formation associated with ingestion of red maple
leaves in two alpacas
Shane F. DeWitt, DVM; Daniela Bedenice, MedVet, DACVIM; Melissa R. Mazan,
Heinz body anemia is rare in camelids and indicative of oxidative damage of
Toxicosis caused by ingestion of red maple leaves has previously only been
reported in equids.
Bovine-derived hemoglobin glutamer may be useful as an oxygen-carrying
solution in hemolytic crises in South American camelids.
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