Monensin toxicity in preruminant dairy heifers

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Title Monensin toxicity in preruminant dairy heifers
Author(s) L. J. Gabor, G. M. Downing
Journal Australian Veterinary Journal
Date 2003
Volume 81
Issue 8
Start page 476
End page 478
Abstract Four-to six-week-old calves from a seasonal dairy herd in North Western Tasmania were presented for veterinary attention due to the occurrence of sudden deaths. Necropsy examination of one of the calves revealed several small pale foci of 1 cm diameter on the epicardium. Mortalities were found to be caused by monensin that was added to the milk diet as part of a vitamin/mineral commercial premix that also controlled coccidiosis. No cases of monensin toxicity in preruminant calves have been previously documented, although there have been numerous reports in older cattle and other species.

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