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Haemorrhagic claw lesions in newborn piglets due to selenium toxicosis during pregnancy
  1. CG Mensink,
  2. JP Koeman,
  3. J Veling and
  4. E Gruys
  1. Animal Health Service Centre, Gouda, The Netherlands.


In a sow herd piglets were born with haemorrhagic lesions on the proximal wall and sole of the claws of all their feet due to abnormal horn formation. High concentrations of selenium were detected in the liver and kidney of the piglets and appeared to be associated with these lesions. A selenium rich premix added to the rations of the sows in the second half of gestation was the origin of this selenium intoxication.

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