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Toxic effects of cyclonite (C-4) plastic explosive ingestion in a dog


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Dr. Randi A. Fishkin, Department of Emergency and Critical Care, Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists and 24-hour Emergency Care, 1 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011, USA.


Objective – To describe the clinical manifestations following cyclonite (C-4) plastic explosive ingestion in a dog.

Case Summary – A 2-year-old male castrated Labrador working dog weighing 35 kg was presented for seizures shortly after ingestion of C-4. The dog was successfully treated for the seizures, but developed polyuria/polydipsia shortly after being discharged and was ultimately diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

New or Unique Information Provided – This is the first documented case of renal insufficiency in a dog after C-4 intoxication.