BLISTER BEETLE, EPICAUTA, CANTHARIDIN TOXICITY, CANTHARIDIASIS IN CATTLE
 
Description    Consumption of blister beetles (EPICAULA) in alfalfa hay or a mixed ration caused toxicity in cattle.
 
Species   Bovine
 
Signs   Agalactia, Anorexia, Ataxia, Colic, Coughing, Diarrhea, Dysmetria, Excessive salivation, Gagging, retching, Grinding teeth, Inability to stand, Increased frequency of urination, Oral mucosal ulcers, vesicles, Polyuria, Reluctant to move, Sudden death
 
References   Niles GA. Case reports- blister beetle poisoning (cantharidiasis) of dairy and beef cattle. Bov Practit 2001;35:166
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