COBALT TOXICITY IN CATTLE AND SHEEP
 
Description    Where soils are deficient it is common to supplement with cobalt; overdosage can be lethal.
 
Species   Bovine, Ovine
 
Signs   Agalactia, Anorexia, Colic, Diarrhea, Dryness of skin or hair, Dullness, Inability to stand, Lack of growth or weight gain, Opisthotonus, Pain on external abdominal pressure, Polydipsia, Polyuria, Rough hair coat, Seizures or syncope, Sudden death, Trembling, Tremor, Underweight, poor condition, thin, emaciated, unthriftiness, ill thrift, Weight loss
 
References   Herdt TH. The Use of Blood Analysis to Evaluate Trace Mineral Status in Ruminant Livestock. Vet Clin N A Food Anim Pract 2011;27:255 [Web Reference]
Murray G. Cobalt sulphate poisoning in ruminants. Irish Vet J 2010;63:176
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