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This information is provided by Provet for educational purposes only.

You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.

Did you know  - as well as being a potent toxin , arsenic is an essential nutrient for some species and may be beneficial in the prevention of some cancers ?

Arsenic is considered to be an essential nutrient in :

  • Chickens
  • Goats
  • Pigs
  • Rats 
  • Humans ? (possibly)

Some work published in 1983 suggested that arsenic may prevent some forms of cancer in humans.

Arsenicals are present in :

  • Insecticides
  • Rodenticides
  • Weed killers
  • Anthelminthics

Whilst modern, less toxic products have largely replaced these, poisoning may still occur if animals come into contact with old stores. Different products vary in toxicity but acute forms cause a variety of signs including :

  • Acute abdominal pain (colic)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Depression
  • Skin changes
  • Death


Updated January 2016