Secobarbital poisoning in an Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)

Hewitt, S.; Williamson, S.; Woodger, N.; Streete, P.; Cracknell, J.; Lewis, J.
July 2010
Veterinary Record: Journal of the British Veterinary Association;7/31/2010, Vol. 167 Issue 5, p178
Academic Journal
The article describes a case of secobarbital poisoning in an Amur tiger after the ingestion of potentially contaminated horse meat. It stresses the importance of making sure that chemically euthanased animals are not used for feed and reminds veterinarians of the potential risk of secondary barbiturate poisoning wild, captive and domestic carnivores. It notes that the tiger was treated with intensive nursing care, heating, intravenous fluid therapy, antibiosis and physiotherapy, but was found dead on January 3, 2010.


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