ACUTE SELENIUM TOXICITY IN RUMINANTS
 
Description    Acute Selenium Toxicity in ruminants can cause death several hours to a few days following administration or ingestion; signs of respiratory failure are prominent. There might be a garlic-like odor in the breath.
 
Species   Bovine, Caprine, Ovine
 
Signs   Abnormal breath odor, Agalactia, Anorexia, Arrhythmia, Ataxia, Blindness, Cold skin, Cyanosis, Diarrhea, Dullness, Dysmetria, Dyspnea, Excessive salivation, Fever, Generalized weakness, Head pressing, Inability to stand, Increased respiratory rate, Mydriasis, Opisthotonus, Paraparesis, Reluctant to move, Seizures or syncope, Sudden death, Tachycardia, Tetany, Trembling, Tremor
 
References   McKenzie CM. Accidental selenium toxicosis in lambs. Can Vet J 2017;58:1110 [Web Reference]
Cowan V. Characterizing 1341 cases of veterinary toxicoses confirmed in western Canada: A 16-year retrospective study. Can Vet J 2016;57:53 [Web Reference]
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