Case Report

Lithium toxicity in two dogs

N. L. Davies
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 62, No 3 | a1771 | DOI: | © 2020 N. L. Davies | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 November 2018 | Published: 30 September 1991

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N. L. Davies, Department of Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Medical University of Southern Africa, South Africa

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Two cases of lithium toxicity are reported on in dogs having had lithium hypochlorite chlorinated water as their sole source of drinking water. Clinical signs in one dog included polyuria, polydipsia, loss of body mass, dehydration, diarrhoea and general weakness and in the other case, polyuria, polydipsia, loss of body mass and seizures. Withdrawal of the water resulted in complete recovery.


Toxicity; lithium; dog; polyuria; polydipsia; seizures; muscle tremors


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