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Plumbism In Gerbils

Plumbism is a term that is used to refer to lead poisoning. Gerbils are prone to plumbism and those that are affected suffer from physical and nervous signs. Most cases of lead poisoning are a result of chronic intake or exposure to lead. The element can be absorbed in the body by inhalation, ingestion, or skin absorption. It is not eliminated; it accumulates inside the body over time. Gerbils can suffer from plumbism when they gnaw on objects that contain lead. Food bowls, wood, or metal pipes painted with lead-based paint are common sources of lead for gerbils. Lead is also a component of some types of plumbing materials, insecticides, batteries, or fishing weights. Lead poisoning in gerbils is characterized by vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, loss of appetite, sudden loss of weight, confusion, and incoordination. Without prompt veterinary attention and administration of an antidote, a gerbil can die. 

If your pet exhibits symptoms of lead poisoning, you should take your pet to your Pasadena, MD vet clinic immediately. 

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