Dogs Poisoning Veterinarians

Fido vomiting up phosphine gas
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2012 12:02 AM CDT
Updated May 1, 2012 2:21 AM CDT
Dogs Poisoning Veterinarians
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(Newser) – Some best friend. A few veterinarians and their workers are discovering dogs have made them very sick. Experts at the Centers for Disease Controls are warning of a bizarre poisoning that's occurring when dogs vomit in vet offices after ingesting pest-fighting chemicals aimed at rats, moles, and gophers. The dogs eat zinc phosphide, which is used as a rodent killer. But when it mixes with a dog's stomach acid, it produces potentially lethal phosphine gas.

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In one case, six veterinary workers in Michigan were recently poisoned by exposure and suffered symptoms ranging from shortness of breath to bad headaches. They recovered with no known long-term effects, but the CDC has warned that more serious incidents could occur. Experts suggest inducing dog vomiting outdoors. (Read more phosphine gas stories.)

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