Lead – An Emerging threat to livestock

Lead (Pb) is a metal of toxicological importance since ancient times and is recognized as a major environmental health risk throughout the world. Lead intoxication is the most frequently diagnosed poisoning in livestock.

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Gayatri R Rajurkar, Siddiqui M F

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2008

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Cattle are the most susceptible livestock, with calves the most likely victims. However, lead poisoning can occur in all domestic animals including horses, birds and dogs. Clinical signs in cattle include gastrointestinal and neurological signs with anorexia, bellowing, blindness and head pressing. Management involves identifying the source of toxicity and providing supportive care with chelation therapy.

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Article

Experts

Gayatri R Rajurkar, Siddiqui M F

Time Frame

2008