Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Sheep and goats
Giant fennel (Ferula communis L) intoxication in goats in Tunisia
  1. Rym Lahmar1,
  2. Tarek Mahjoub2,
  3. Isabelle Fourel3,
  4. Gilbert Gault4 and
  5. Denis Grancher4
  1. 1 Unit of Pharmacy-Toxicology, National School of Veterinary Medicine, Sidi Thabet, Tunisia
  2. 2 Unit of Biochemistry, National School of Veterinary Medicine, Sidi Thabet, Tunisia
  3. 3 USC 1233/Rodent Management, VetAgro Sup, Marcy l'Etoile, France
  4. 4 Basic Science, VetAgro Sup, Marcy l'Etoile, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Denis Grancher; denis.grancher{at}


Giant fennel (Ferula communis L) toxicity has been commonly reported in different species, especially sheep, cattle, pig, horse and human but not in goat. A herd of 30 Damascus goats grazed during two days an area where F communis was very abundant. One week later, most animals presented clinical signs with locomotor disorders, anorexia and fever. Diagnosis of the intoxication was based on haematological parameters, toxicology research, necropsy and botanical investigation. Two goats survived following a treatment with vitamin K1. A total of 13 animals died of which most were young. The present study is the first report providing information about F communis intoxication in goat.

  • Ferula communis
  • goats
  • poisoning
  • coagulation time
  • vitamine K1
View Full Text

Statistics from


  • Contributors RL: clinical study and draft copy. TM: haematological analysis and draft reviewing. IF: LC-MS/MS measurements. GG: draft coworking. DG: draft copy coauthor, reviewing and corresponding author.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement No additional data are available.

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.