Description    There are few reports of mercury toxicity in dogs; the clinical descriptions of renal failure, gastrointestinal disorders and neurologic problems are similar to those associated with other heavy metal poisoning.
Species   Canine
Signs   Abnormal forelimb reflexes, Abnormal hindlimb reflexes, Abnormal proprioceptive positioning, Abnormal pupillary response to light, Alopecia, Anorexia, Ataxia, Blindness, Bloody stools, feces, hematochezia, Colic, Diarrhea, Dullness, Excessive salivation, Glucosuria, Head tilt, Hematemesis, Hyperesthesia, Hypothermia, Inability to stand, Lack of growth or weight gain, Melena or occult blood in feces, stools, Mydriasis, Nystagmus, Oliguria or anuria, Opisthotonus, Oral mucosal ulcers, vesicles, Pain on external abdominal pressure, Paraparesis, Pruritus, Reluctant to move, Seizures or syncope, Tetraparesis, Tongue ulcers, vesicles, Tremor, Underweight, poor condition, thin, emaciated, unthriftiness, ill thrift, Vomiting or regurgitation, Weight loss
References   Lieske CL. Toxicokinetics of mercury in blood compartments and hair of fish-fed sled dogs. Acta Vet Scand 2011;53:66 [Web Reference]
Hansmann F. Mercury poisoning in a German shepherd dog. Vet Rec 2009;165:447 [Web Reference]
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