ARSENIC TOXICITY IN DOGS AND CATS
 
Description    Arsenic is a common ingredient of ant and roach poisons and many herbicides and insecticides. Onset of signs occurs 1-3 hours after ingestion and is characterized by acute vomiting, abdominal pain, and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Persistent environmental exposure has been associated with dermatitis.
 
Species   Canine, Feline
 
Signs   Anorexia, Ataxia, Bloody stools, feces, hematochezia, Colic, Coma, Constant or increased vocalization, Cracked skin, Dehydration, Diarrhea, Dullness, Dysmetria, Excessive salivation, Generalized weakness, Hyperesthesia, Hypothermia, Inability to stand, Mucous, mucoid stools, feces, Oliguria or anuria, Pain on external abdominal pressure, Pale, Papule, pustule, vesicle, ulcer penis or prepuce, Paraparesis, Rough hair coat, Skin necrosis, Skin ulcer, Skin vesicles, Sudden death, Tachycardia, Trembling, Underweight, poor condition, thin, emaciated, unthriftiness, ill thrift, Vomiting or regurgitation, Weak pulse, Weight loss
 
References   El Bahri L. Dimercaprol. Comp Cont Ed Pract Vet 2003;25:698
Hornfeldt C. Inorganic arsenic poisoning in cats. Fel Pract 1986;16:20
Evinger JV. Dermatitis in a dog associated with exposure to an arsenic compound. JAVMA 1984;184:1281
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