POTASSIUM TOXICITY IN CATTLE AND HORSES
 
Description    Excess potassium can cause cardiac arrest and death. Toxicity was seen in calves given large doses of potassium orally. Intravenous potassium was used to kill horses for insurance fraud; serum potassium levels might be of value for diagnosis in such cases.
 
Species   Bovine, Equine
 
Signs   Ataxia, Dysmetria, Dyspnea, Excessive salivation, Excitement, Increased respiratory rate, Seizures or syncope, Sudden death, Trembling, Tremor
 
References   Osweiler GD, Galey FD eds. Toxicology. Vet Clin N A Food Anim Pract 2000;16:409
Sweeney RW. Treatment of potassium balance disorders. Vet Clin N A Food Anim Pract 1999;15:609
Casteel SW. Postmortem diagnosis of potassium poisoning. Eq Vet Sci 1989;9:247
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