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University of Illinois Extension serving Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties

Main Office (McLean County)
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
Email: uie-lmw@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 11:30-12:30 pm)

Branch Office (Livingston County)
1412 S Locust
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815-842-1776
FAX: 815-842-6547
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Branch Office (McLean County)
UNITY Community Center
632 Orlando Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-862-4041
FAX: 309-663-8270
Hours: Monday - Friday 11am to 7:00 pm

Branch Office (Woodford County)
109 East Eureka Avenue
Eureka, IL 61530
Phone: 309-467-3789
FAX: 309-467-6034
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

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Plants Toxic to Animals Available on WWW

Fall is the time of year that results in the most deaths from plants that are toxic to animals. This usually results in numerous calls from livestock owners asking for assistance in which plants are poisonous and a means to identify those plants. There are few textbooks available for this use and these are either out of print or very expensive according to Dave Seibert, Animal Systems Educator with University of Illinois Extension.

Thus, the best method to obtain assistance is through a WWW site from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine called "Plants Toxic to Animals." The URL for this user-friendly site is http://www.library.uiuc.edu/vex/toxic/. Eighty-one plants most commonly found in the Midwestern states are listed by their Common and Scientific Names. For ease of identification there is a link to a color picture (some with multiple pictures of different states of maturity) of each plant. In addition, most plants have information on their description, distribution, conditions of poisoning, control, toxic principle and clinical signs.

The site also provides a link to the Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA) located in the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine that provides 24-hour assistance and emergency information to animal owners where a poison situation might have occurred. This service is provided on a fee basis. Additional links include a description of "The Poisonous Plant Garden" location on the University of Illinois campus along with URL links to related sources.

Even though animal owners never want to experience a poisoning of their pet or farm animal, it might be worth the time to bookmark the URL for "Plants Toxic to Animals" which is http://www.library.uiuc.edu/vex/toxic/.