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What is Marijuana Poisoning?

Cannabis sativa, or the marijuana plant, is a centuries - old plant which has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient times. This plant contains more than 400 chemicals, one of them being delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol , commonly known as THC. 

THC is what brings about many of marijuana’s psychological side-effects and is similar to the chemicals that are made within our human bodies called cannabinoid chemicals. Receptors of cannabinoid are located within specific areas of the brain that are associated with our memory, pleasure, thinking, coordination, and sensory functions. Many people use marijuana recreationally for pleasure, although it is illegal in many states. Marijuana is also used for medicinal purposes in some states.

This plant is toxic to dogs, especially if a great amount is consumed. Marijuana is toxic to dogs and the animals usually come into contact with the plant by ingesting the supply of the drug that belongs to the owners. If dogs ingest at least 3 g / kg, toxicity can occur. Symptoms usually begin within one hour and may vary depending on the amount eaten.

Marijuana poisoning in dogs is a result of dogs ingesting the marijuana plant. Marijuana contains a chemical which produces various harmful side effects and cause poisoning in dogs.

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Symptoms of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

If your dog has eaten marijuana, the severity of the symptoms is relative to the amount he consumed. Symptoms of Cannabis sativa poisoning include:

  • Depression
  • Drooling
  • Hypermetria
  • Incontinence
  • Vomiting
  • Mydriasis
  • Body tremors
  • Bradycardia
  • Hypothermia
  • Agitation
  • Ataxia
  • Tachycardia
  • Tachypnea
  • Nystagmus
  • Excitability
  • Seizures

Types

Dogs can become poisoned by marijuana in various forms. Different ways of marijuana ingestion that can greatly affect dogs include:

  • Inhalation of smoke
  • Ingesting pills or tinctures
  • Eating edible items that contain the plant, such as brownies, candies, cakes, breads, and other baked goods
  • Drinking liquids that contain marijuana oils, known as “shatter”, BHO, or “dabs”

Causes of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

Causes of marijuana poisoning in dogs are the ingestion of the plant parts. The following may take place within one to three hours after consuming marijuana. Specific causes of poisoning are due to the following:

  • Central nervous system activity
  • The release of neurotransmitters in specific areas of the brain (frontal cortex and cerebellum)
  • Cannabinoids produce neuropharmacologic mechanisms 
  • THC is lipid soluble and easily distributed into organs and fat
  • THC affects the tissues of the liver, brain, and kidneys

Diagnosis of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

If your dog has eaten marijuana, it is important to take him into the veterinarian even if he consumed a small amount. Although marijuana is an illegal drug in many states, it is still important to be truthful with your veterinarian in terms of your dog’s ingestion of this drug. The veterinarian will perform a physical examination, including blood work, urinalysis, and biochemistry profile. The urine will be tested for cannabinoids, and the veterinarian may also perform a gas chromatography test and a chemical ion test, called a mass spectrometry. Although it may take a few days for the results to come back, the veterinarian will still be able to come up with a diagnosis of marijuana toxicity by looking at the urine in the dog’s symptoms.

During the diagnosis, if your dog is agitated due to the chemicals of the drug, the veterinarian may need to sedate him. Benzodiazepines may be used to help calm the dog in order for the veterinarian to continue with his diagnostic techniques and to begin treatment.

Differential diagnoses do exist with marijuana toxicity, and these are prescription drug overdose, such as antidepressants, drugs that stimulate the central nervous system, xylitol, hallucinogenic drugs, and other similar human medications.

Treatment of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

Marijuana poisoning can be serious if your dog consumed a large quantity of the plant. Due to the varying toxicities that dogs have, treatment methods will vary. Techniques the veterinarian will use to treat your dog may consist of the following:

IV Fluids

IV fluids may be necessary if your dog has been vomiting in order to prevent dehydration. Antiemetics may also be administered through the IV; maropitant and ondansetron are typically the medications of choice. Sedation may be given if your dog is overly excited. Diazepam and chlorpromazine may be given to assist in any negative central nervous system effects.

Medications

Your dog may be given a medication to prevent him from vomiting. Due to the toxic properties of marijuana and the sedative effects your dog may be having, any vomiting your dog does must be controlled and monitored. Repeated vomiting also can cause dehydration. Your veterinarian may decide to induce vomiting if your dog has a high level of toxicity and will follow this up with activated charcoal. 

Monitoring

Your dog’s oxygen levels and blood pressure will need to be monitored the whole time he is with the veterinarian and being treated. In severe cases of marijuana poisoning, many dogs are put on a ventilator or respirator. Thermoregulation is also conducted in severe cases.

Recovery of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

Marijuana toxicity can be very serious if treatment is not administered as soon as possible. Once your dog recovers, your veterinarian will discharge him. When home, you will need to closely monitor his recovery and follow any instructions your veterinarian has given you. 

Your veterinarian will give you detailed directions on how to care for your dog and will tell you what you need to watch for in terms of any new symptoms. Depending on your dog, if his gastrointestinal tract was severely irritated from vomiting or diarrhea, your veterinarian may suggest a special bland diet while he is recovering.

It is important to keep any follow-up appointments with your medical professional so you can be assured your dog is becoming well once again. To prevent marijuana toxicity, it is important to keep all marijuana and all types of substances that contain marijuana out of the reach of your loved one.

Marijuana Poisoning Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Bella
Mixed
About 5 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sleeping
Uncontrollable peeing
Whining

My puppy she's about 5 months got ahold of a pretty big marijuana joint she ate over half of it before anyone realised she had it. At first she was kinda acting aggressive then she just laid around and ate a little bit she hasn't drank any water. Now she's sleeping but starting to react when I call her name. This happened about at 3pm. I don't know what to do she keeps peeing but she's asleep when I try and more her she shakes and whines. Can't got to vet right now they are closed

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Symptoms of marijuana poisoning are generally seen within two hours and if there was tobacco in the joint as well we need to be concerned with nicotine poisoning as well. If your Veterinarian is closed you should call the Pet Poison Helpline for further advice before your Veterinarian opens. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/marijuana/

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RIN
chihuahua mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No bowel movement in 72 hrs.
Not drinking water
Bubbly spit up
Hacking cough

My little one ate a half of a peanut butter THC cookie on Sunday at around 1:00 AM, she went through all of the normal symptoms of THC poisoning. We administered pedialyte and some activated charcoal as per the instructions we receivedand most of the symptoms have dissipated except that she has a hacking cough, which sometimes produces a bubbly spit, but not real throw up. When she is overly active, or exerts too much energy she coughs up this bubbly spit. She is not drinking water, but she has been eating just fine. She has been urinating normally, but has not defecated at all in these almost 72 hours. How can we help wit this coughing up of spit, and what can be done to induce a bowel movement? Any information would be great! Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The spitting up of the bubbly foam and no bowel movement may be due to a lack of food intake, you should try to get Rin to eat and drink; the best way to do this is to offer some boiled chicken and rice as well as having some water in the food bowl to consume whilst eating, putting it in the blender and syringing it into the mouth may help too. Adding some plain canned pumpkin may help with a bowel movement as well, but if there is no improvement you should visit a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kobi
Pomeranian
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

he ate thc concentrate

My 10lb one year old Pomeranian just ate a half gram of thc bho shatter its been an hour since he ate it. We just gave him 3% hydrogen peroxide to help induce vomiting as we looked up videos to do safely. He's showing no symptoms yet I'm just worried. I'm also worried about not being able to afford the vet visit.
When should take him to the vet? Also how long should we wait for him to throw up?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Due to the concentrated form of shatter, I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian regardless since I don’t have any specific information on concentration or how quickly it is absorbed into the bloodstream. You could also call the Pet Poison Helpline as they may have some data on the consumption of shatter. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fender
Labrador Retriever
3 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Gassy
Wobbly
stretching in sleep
Stretching
Vomiting
Lethargic

My boy has been climbing more lately and was able to get to an ash tray that had a couple of almost finished joints in it. I looked and he may have eaten only one or two which would be less than a gram of raw weed, no tobacco. I think it happened around 7:30 PM because I noticed that he started wobbling at around 8 PM. He was still pretty alert when it started to hit him, so I kept him company and played some fetch with him. He was very energetic for about 10 minutes and then he started to become lethargic and he peed a bit as he slept. About 20 minutes later we were able to get him to eat and drink some water. Then about 10 minutes after that, he threw up a small amount of chunky matter that looked like ground up kibble, but it smelt like the ash from the ash tray. We were able to get him to drink more water and eat afterwards and then he went back to sleeping. Now it's been about 5 hours and he threw up a much bigger amount that I could see other food/treats he had eaten the days prior. I spoon-fed him water and then got him to drink a good amount from his bowl. He's back to sleeping and I have blankets around him so he doesn't get cold. I think his pulse is around 140 but I'm not sure if I counted correctly.

Basically my question is, will he be okay? I'm especially worried because he's pretty young and we didn't immediately take him to a vet, but he seems pretty good. He's not shaking when he's asleep just a little wobbly when he's awake. I can't really afford to take him to the vet, so any other things you would recommend to do from home would be much appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no specific treatment for marijuana poisoning in dogs, normally we try to induce vomiting to prevent absorption into the bloodstream but this needs to be done within two hours or less of ingestion. At this point, it is a case of ensuring that Fender’s body temperature is regulated and that he is kept hydrated through this poisoning event. However, symptoms may last for five days or more depending on the case; I would recommend visiting a Veterinarian regardless of cost especially if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

UPDATE: He was lying down on the couch next to me and started making throw up noises so I put him on the ground and he threw up again. About double the amount as last time. And a bit more wet, still with junks of food.I offered him water but he went back to resting. Should I be worried about him getting Aspiration Pneumonia?

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Ruger
Chihuahua Terrier mix
1 year 2 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Lethargy, vomiting

MY dog ate under a gram of weed at about 8 pm, he's now very lethargic and he's vomiting. with these symptoms I'm aware he's been poisoned but my main question is: Is this dose fatal?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with weed is that no two plants, buds, leaves etc… are the same because it is a natural product; I cannot find any specific information on the amount required to kill a dog, but I would recommend that you call the Pet Poison Helpline as they have a lot of information on thousands of different poisons. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/marijuana/

Dogs can't die for cannabis alone. They have an endocannabiniod system to process cannabis. Does not cross blood brain barrier. Won't stuttering down heart or respiratory . Can't say that about their drugs.

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Lola
toy poodle
8 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Wobbly
Lethargy

My dog ate half a pot brownie that was over 4 weeks old. She ingested it about 2 hours ago. She seems lethargic and is a little wobbly when she moves but reacts to her name. Hasn’t vomited or eaten since. I really don’t have the money to take have money to take her to the vet

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm not sure how much of the brownie that she ate, or what the marijuana content was, but Lola is a small dog who has potentially just eaten a toxic dose of chocolate, or marijuana, or bacteria that may have been growing in a spolied brownie. She needs to be seen by a veteirnarian as soon as possible, as she may need supportive care at this point.

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Bubba
Portuguese Water Dog
1 year 4 months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unresponsive to name calling
Breathing normaly

My 10-13 pound Portuguese water dog ate about 10 9.6 grams of weed cookies and has been sleeping for about 3 hours since he ate them. I have no idea what to do or how to help him but if there’s any advice on how to make him feel better faster that would be great

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many effects of marijuana poisoning in dogs and it also depends on how much was in each cookie; if Bubba is unresponsive you should take him immediately to a Veterinarian or an Emergency Veterinarian for treatment, there isn’t anything I can recommend you do at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petpoisonhelpline.com/poison/marijuana/ https://veterinarypracticenews.com/treating-marijuana-toxicity/

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Maya
Yorkshire Terrier
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Marijuana poisoning

Maya stole and ate a big chocolate Marijuana brownie about 48 hour ago. She is a 4kg yorkie. 8 hours after eating it she became letargic, peed herself and vomited. Now she’s active and she ate today but did not drink too much water and didn’t poop since she ate the brownie. I still feel she’s not 100% ok. How long does this poisoning last? Considering it’s been a while since she ate and the symtoms are gone, is she still in any lethal danger? What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Both the chocolate and the marijuana may cause toxicity especially in a 4kg (8.8lb) Yorkie; chocolate may cause heart arrhythmias, muscle twitching and seizures; marijuana may also cause heart arrhythmias and neurological symptoms. Given Maya’s size and the fact she consumed a big chocolate marijuana brownie I would recommend you have a Veterinarian check her over for any heart anomalies as well as checking her for other symptoms of poisoning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leila
Mutt
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unsteadiness
Swaying
Sleepiness
Wobbly rear gait
Incontinence

My 7 year old, 55lb Border Collie/Pitbull cross got ahold of a guest's marijuana chocolate within the last four to five hours. It was one square and estimated to be about 70 milligrams worth of weed. She started with sleepiness and staring at everybody. Then she started rocking back and forth while lying, sitting, or standing. She is notably more sleepy and slow, though she tends to be inclined towards sleep anyway. (Side note: She has well-managed hypothyroidism that is being monitored by our vet) Within the past half an hour she has been peeing and seeming to not even notice. We only noticed because she soaked through the couch and then her bed. Standing is OK, but she is definitely wobbly. She has not thrown up and seems to be pretty chilled out while maintaining responsiveness (even if it is just moving her ears or eyes). We are getting some puppy pads and activated charcoal, but want to see if there is anything more you might suggest?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The legalisation of marijuana has led people to be more careless with their ‘product’ which has lead to an increase in issues with dogs eating products containing marijuana; however it is also important to note the toxicity of chocolate in dogs as well which also causes cardiac arrhythmias. Since Leila consumed both marijuana and chocolate, I would recommend visiting a Veterinarian immediately for an examination and supportive care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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lucy
Chihuahua
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

slow,

my chihuahua ate 97% concentrate thc and slept through the night & when she woke up she began to shake & gag but hasn’t thrown up, she’s currently still sleeping but refuses to drink or eat anything or show reaction. it’s currently been almost 10 hours since it has happened. i don’t have the money for a vet but should i take her anyways ..?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Depending on the amount of THC that Lucy ate, she may need supportive care to help clear that from her system and keep her hydrated until she recovers. Many clinics do offer a 'free first exam' to help you have her evaluated, and it would be a good idea to have her seen today to make sure that she is okay.

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Rey
Beagle
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

trembling
Parnoid

We don't have the money to take my sweet girl to the vet but we suspect THC poisoning. We don't have any in my home but this morning at the dog park she ate something and since early afternoon she has not been herself. She is not vomiting and has a normal appetite. It just seems to be her behavior, and her having some trembling. Also her heart rate is about 110 but is regularly irregular. Is there anything I can do from home to help my sweet girl?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The resting heart rate of a dog may be between 70-120 beats per minute (Merck Veterinary Manual) so Rey’s heart rate is still within physiological range, plus younger dogs have a higher heart rate than older dogs. The irregular heart rate may be due to some existing heart condition (murmur or some conduction disorder) or due to some type of poisoning; there is an infinite number of possible poisoning opportunities at a park, I would recommend taking Rey to her Veterinarian regardless of cost but it is important to keep her hydrated and comfortable. Without knowing for 100% the cause of the poisoning and examining her, I cannot really recommend anything else. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My dog went very sluggish, and wobbly. She dribbled urine and flinched went I stroked her head. Heartbeats were slow, 60 bpm. Happened within 1-2hrs after ingestion. Getting the fluids under the skin, charcoal in her belly and some testing that verified THC. $380-$440, worth it!

Wow that's reasonable....it's going to cost me $1400-2000 to keep him overnight, administer fluids and give lipids.....very pricey emergency clinic

DON'T EVER TRY THIS ON ANIMALS ALL .. IT's POISON TO ANIMALS !
My 12 year old poodle is at this very minute at the vets . He has had a hacking cough for a few months and a friend said to try cannabis oil as a remedy as it cured many illnesses in humans .. I am so we allowed it .He put about a match head of the thick oil into some cheese and gave it Gucci . Dog started shaking head , sensitive to touch and sound and started stiff joints , vomiting , dribly urine . lethargic and unstable in walking . Hopefully he will recover . I am so upset that this may cause his death . NEVER EVER TRY THIS ALL ..

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Blue
pitbull
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Breathing Difficulty
Breathing Difficulties
Won't move
Twitching

My dog ate less than 2 grams of weed and is sleeping and won't move but twitches randomly. Also is breathing weird randomly this is bout 5 hours hours after she ate it

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have Blue evaluated at your nearest emergency clinic to assess whether she needs supportive care, activated charcoal, or any other forms of treatment. Most dogs do recover from accidental ingestion of marijuana, but it can take between 1-3 days for the effects to leave their body, and she may need supportive care while that is happening. Some signs of marijuana toxicity include ataxia, dilated pupils, 'glazed' eyes, drop in body temperature, increase or decrease in heart rate, bizarre behavior, hyperesthesia, disorientation, somnolence, depression (may last 18-36 hours), coma, excitation is seen occasionally, drooling, tremors, respiratory depression, or death. Without examining her, I cannot say whether she needs care or not, so it would be best to have her seen. I hope that she recovers uneventfully.

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Luna
Cavapoo
12 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting

My almost year old puppy has been up for about an hour, vomiting, wobbly on feet, shaky - I am thinking she may have injested some marijuana as my son was home on a visit and had some with him. SHe is throwing up fluid mostly, yellow flem like - she also was in trash yesterday but very shaky on her feet and glazy eyer - do I wait and take her to vet when it opens?? or observe

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Luna is continually vomiting and weak, she needs to be seen by a veterinarian as soon as they open. Marijuana doesn't tend to cause all of those signs by might explain her glazed expression - the trash that she got into is slightly more concerning, and she should be examined to see what is going on with her and give her any treatment that she may need.

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Lucy
jack russell mix
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness, vomiting

I made some ramen with weed, and I had sat it down so I could check the laundry, not thinking my dog knocked it over and ate what the cats didn't. I feel so horrible.

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Butch
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
2 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No vomiting
No bowl movement
Wobberly
Tired
not peeing
cant stand

I have a 2yr old staffie, i took him to the emergency vet last night as he wasnt able to wank on his hind legs, and he was breathing heavy and fast.. normally he is a fit,healthy and active dog and doesnt let me sit down for 5 mins... the vet said he had eaten something he shouldnt either weed or something else she wasnt sure, she gave him 2 injections, 1 for pain and the other to help his muscles.. this morning jis breathing is back to normal and he does stand up when he has to but hes still wobberly and cant cant or sit for long he has to lay down, he hasnt been to the toilet since yesterday evening and doesnt seem to want to. Any advice!?..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases it can be difficult if we don’t know specifically what Butch has consumed, however it is good that he is making improvements and is a little more active than yesterday; however if he isn’t urinating or defecating I would consider returning to a Veterinarian for a follow up examination to be on the safe side if urine isn’t being passed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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