Animal poisonings: The 10-year experience of a veterinary analytical toxicology laboratory

Raimon Guitart, Santi Manosa, Xavier Guerrero, Rafael Mateo

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Abstract

Data on 10-y of chemical toxicological analyses carried out in a veterinary laboratory in Barcelona, Spain for suspected wild and domestic animal poisonings are summarized. The 218 cases involved more than 1 million animals, some 7,500 of which died. Pesticides, especially insecticides (46.6%) and rodenticides (37.9%), were frequently involved. Strychnine (n=11) and aldicarb (n=10) were the most usual toxic agents in baits prepared for intentional poisonings; other cases involved pentachlorophenol, hexachlorocyclohexane or anticoagulant rodenticides. Service to veterinarians and others could be improved if a coordinated network of national and regional Animal Poison Centers were created.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-335
JournalVeterinary and Human Toxicology
Volume41
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999

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