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We are working on a case of suspected poisoning of both horses

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We are working on a case of suspected poisoning of both horses and their owners. What steps should be taken to diagnose? The person is already undergoing blood tests. Description given of a white powder on the horses.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Horse Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.
Hi,For most any toxicity cases, you will need to go through the forensics lab for your state/province or country. In Canada/USA, you can call Maxxam (http://maxxam.ca/services/forensic-equine-drug-testing​) and they will be able to get you through the process of testing and what to look for. If this involves people and horses (particularly racehorses) and you live in the USA, then contacting the FBI would be appropriate as well.In general, a blood sample with multiple vials to ensure enough serum is available would be recommended. We routinely take 8-10, 10ml vials for forensic type cases. Any powder that is recovered should be submitted as well. Again, this is where a human side forensics lab may be better equipped to deal with this type of case. Hope this is helpful.
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thank you very much. The case is in PA. We are dealing with Penn State for the person. Not sure who is following up on the horses.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.
Glad the information was helpful. All the best!

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