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  QUESTION: Lead content of chicken wire &/or coatings on it? 15 Nov 2003, Victoria Australia

Q1: I am treating a young dog with clinical signs consistent with lead poisoning. The only obvious potential source is newly installed chicken wire, which was purchased at a rural supply house about 3 years ago.

Several pups were kept in the same enclosure and only this pup was seen to be chewing the mesh - it did this frequently & persistently.

It is responding to symptomatic treatment & chelation therapy. Blood lead analysis is pending.
I am trying to find information about possible lead content of such wire &/or coatings which may be used on it.

I would appreciate any information or contacts you can give me

Q2: Fred tells me that it is unlikely that the chicken wire would have much lead on it, even if it was galvanised due to the low thickness of coating. If it is chewing on the wire, it probably chewed on other things. Suggest they look for other possible sources such as lead in the soil or lead-painted timber fencing.

ANSWER: 16 Nov 2003


Dear Greg,
Two of the members of our Technical Advisory Board - Carol Bodle and Fred Salome, co-directors of CTI Consultants, have put their heads together about your questions. Please read the emails below.

Yours sincerely


Dear Carol,
would you be so kind as to respond directly to vetgmc[at] with a copy to me, as I don't know the answer to Dr McIntyre's questions

Elizabeth O'Brien

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