Toxicology case: How to help dog owners manage zinc oxide toxicosis


Toxicology case: How to help dog owners manage zinc oxide toxicosis


Zinc oxide exposures are typically not life-threatening. Most owners are able to manage the signs at home, but veterinary care might be needed if clinical signs become persistent. The tube itself is generally not toxic; it is usually made of plastic or aluminum. However, the tube has the potential to cause an obstruction in the GI tract.

Treatment of acute zinc oxide toxicosis is usually limited to treating gastroenteritis and does not require treatment with chelating agents.

Samantha Wright and Brandy R. Sobczak, DVM, ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, 1717 S. Philo Road, Suite 36, Urbana, IL 61802.


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