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    Fertilizer bags?

    Running through my DSC1 training disc the question about blisters on the tongue comes up. The correct answer is "Suspect Foot and Mouth" but one of the incorrect answers is that the deer may have been licking fertilizer bags - I just wondered if this was a completely erroneous answer or if it has some basis in fact. Can deer get blisters on their tongues from licking fertilizer bags, or do they just not go near them at all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by adjman View Post
    Running through my DSC1 training disc the question about blisters on the tongue comes up. The correct answer is "Suspect Foot and Mouth" but one of the incorrect answers is that the deer may have been licking fertilizer bags - I just wondered if this was a completely erroneous answer or if it has some basis in fact. Can deer get blisters on their tongues from licking fertilizer bags, or do they just not go near them at all?
    Most fertiliser, which usually includes various salts (other than table salt) does taste "salty". Given the chance, animals will lick it occasionally but it is not particularly caustic and is unlikely to cause blistering when the contact is only voluntary licking.

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    It could have been from eating parsnips. Same symptoms.

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    Potassium nitrate if concentrated enough will cause blisters I guess. if they licked some charcoal and sugar prior to licking the fertiliser they might get more than they bargained for though!
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    Thanks folks, very helpful and informative as usual
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