Used as fertilizers.
Animals most affected
Cattle, sheep, dogs,
Accidental ingestion of fertilizer whilst
still in sacks or immediately after spreading (from clumps of fertilizer left after
treatment of cultivated land).
Natural phosphates contain fluoride which
must be removed before the preparation is sold for commercial use as fertilizer.
Compounds of very low toxicity. Need to ingest considerable quantities before toxic
Toxic doses not well known oral doses of 250 mg/kg per day of phosphates or super-phosphates
for 30 days do not cause adverse effects in sheep. At similar doses, however, slag
does cause a transient diarrhoea.
Ruminants and dogs
diarrhoea with mild colic, abdominal pain;
good prognosis after several hours.
apathy, lassitude, diarrhoea, ataxia;
generally good prognosis.
erosions leading to ulceration of the buccal mucosae and lips;
No antidote. Symptomatic care only:
adsorbents (activated vegetable charcoal);