SULPHUR, SULFUR, SULPHATE, TOXICITY IN CATTLE AND SHEEP
 
Description    Sulphur is occasionally used as a topical treatment for ringworm or is given orally as a 'tonic'. Accidental poisoning due to consumption of sulphur mixed with ground corn of sprayed on a pasture field have also been reported, as has ingestion of gypsum (calcium sulfate) fertilizer.
 
Species   Bovine, Ovine
 
Signs   Abdominal distention, Abnormal behavior, aggression, changing habits, Abnormal breath odor, Anorexia, Ataxia, Blindness, Bloat in ruminants, Circling, Colic, Coma, Dehydration, Diarrhea, Dullness, Dysmetria, Dyspnea, Excitement, Hyperesthesia, Inability to stand, Increased respiratory rate, Melena or occult blood in feces, stools, Propulsion, Reluctant to move, Rumen hypomotility or atony, Seizures or syncope, Sudden death, Trembling, Tremor
 
References   Morgan SE. Water Quality for Cattle. Vet Clin N A Food Anim Pract 2011;27:285 [Web Reference]
Dent CHR. Sheep deaths after accidental ingestion of gypsum fertilizer. Aust Vet J 1997;75:26
Bulgin MS. Elemental sulfur toxicosis in a flock of sheep. JAVMA 1996;208:1063
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