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Blister Beetle Poison

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12/30/01

Etiology

From ingestion of cantharidin which is found in blister beetles which may be in alfalfa.

Symptoms

Colic, salivation, shock, ulcers in mouth and GI mucosa.

Treatment

Mineral oil. Specific lab tests are required to confirm diagnosis, so it is best to consult your vet who may prescribe fluid therapy and analgesics.

Prevention

Observation of hay and other feed sources is always important.

Comments

Mostly in central and SW United States. P>

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