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Petroleum Product Poisoning of Cattle

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Publication Number: P2621
Updated: December 3, 2015
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Petroleum fractions have been used alone or as part of external parasite control product mixtures to combat flies and ticks in cattle for many years. In appropriate applications, they may be applied to the skin with few or no harmful effects on the animals. However, exposing cattle to large quantities of petroleum hydrocarbons or over prolonged periods of time can lead to petroleum product poisoning. This condition results from cattle exposure to petroleum, petroleum condensate, gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, crude oil, or other petroleum-based hydrocarbons. It can cause production losses, animal health problems, and possible death.

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