Clinical and laboratory findings in small companion animals with lead poisoning: 347 cases (1977-1986)

Rhea V. Morgan From the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130.

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Frances M. Moore From the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130.

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Laurie K. Pearce From the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130.

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Thomas Rossi From the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, 350 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130.

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Summary

Three hundred forty-seven cases of lead poisoning in small companion animals were reviewed. The yearly prevalence and overall incidence rates were examined for the 10 years before and after enactment of strict federal regulations pertaining to lead content in paint products. Biographical data, clinical signs, and laboratory results were analyzed for the 6 types of affected animals (ie, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, a chinchilla, and a raccoon). Clinical and laboratory findings of these animals were then compared with findings of other studies of lead intoxication.

Summary

Three hundred forty-seven cases of lead poisoning in small companion animals were reviewed. The yearly prevalence and overall incidence rates were examined for the 10 years before and after enactment of strict federal regulations pertaining to lead content in paint products. Biographical data, clinical signs, and laboratory results were analyzed for the 6 types of affected animals (ie, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, a chinchilla, and a raccoon). Clinical and laboratory findings of these animals were then compared with findings of other studies of lead intoxication.

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