From ingestion of nitrate fertilizers or rapidly growing pasture grasses and some weeds. Nitrates and nitrites are converted to dangerous ammonia in rumen.
Rapidly worsening shortness of breath, weak rapid pulse, nervousness, weakness, incoordination, cyanosis, convulsions and death. May abort. Chocolate brown blood.
Contact vet for special medicines.
Keep animals away from fertilizers. Watch ryegrass pastures and other special crops.
Sodium nitrite additives in cat food can cause seizures. Nitrites added to human food can cause severe problems in some people.
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