Toxicology basics: Common toxicants in bovine medicine

  • Scott Radke Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
Keywords: bovine, toxicology


Bovines are the most commonly poisoned livestock species. Their exposure to a variety of environments ranging from dry lots to grass- or timber-laden pastures accompanied with their curious nature predispose them to numerous toxins. At times, intoxications can be difficult for practitioners to discern as the clinical presentation of intoxicated cattle can imitate signs as­sociated with infectious agents. The objective of this paper is to provide a review of several of the most common toxicities asso­ciated with bovine medicine and to aid practitioners in recogni­tion of potential sources, clinical signs and lesions, diagnostics and treatment related to these toxins.

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