Aldicarb (Temik) is a carbamate insecticide/nematocide which is used to control plant insects.
Toxicity related to this chemical is usually associated with accidental ingestion or malicious poisoning. In many countries, its use is regulated through license, restricted to agricultural soil application and thus limiting accidental ingestion by dogs and other mammals.
Aldicarb poisoning should be considered an emergency as this chemical is rapidly lethal and prompt rapid diagnose is essential for survival of the canine patient.
Diagnosis is based on historical evidence of exposure to the chemical and presenting chemical signs, augmented with chemical analysis of vomitus or gastric contents at postmortem.
Severely affected dogs may die from respiratory arrest or require euthanasia if therapy results in no clinical improvement.
Gastric lavage should be considered, using activated charcoal.
Most dogs that recover show clinical improvement after 24 hours.
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