Flexible or rigid foams, used as thermal insulating material.
Animals most affected
Accidental ingestion of sheets or fragments
of insulating material (notably in young animals with pica).
Although non-toxic, may cause a physical
or mechanical obstruction of the gastric tract.
tympanism, lack of rumination;
lassitude, lateral recumbency;
Trocarization and, if necessary, emergency gastrotomy, with manual removal of the
Note:similar incidents have arisen through ingestion of the flexible plastic
covers from hay bales, silage sacks, polythene tunnels used in plant propagation
systems and other horticultural activities.