Copper is an essential trace element.


[affected.gif] Animals most affected
Dogs, cattle, (all species).


[etiology.gif] Etiology


[toxic.gif] Toxicity
Caustic and irritant compound.

Oral doses in mg/kg of copper sulphate:
LD cattle 200-800
  sheep 20-100




[clinical.gif] Clinical features

Gastrointestinal effects
Often very severe:

Neurological effects

Death may occur within several hours to several days after ingestion.


[lesions.gif] Lesions
Non-specific:


[treatm~1.gif] Treatment
No specific antidote. Symptomatic care only:



[labinv~1.gif] Laboratory investigations
Contents of the stomach and/or intestine.