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My dog is panting uncontrollably and her nose has been hot

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my dog is panting uncontrollably and her nose has been hot since last night. She may have eaten hops for my husbands beer brewing kit. Can this be the cause?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.

How long has she been like this?

How much hops do you think she got into?

How much does she weigh?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Since last night about 8PM.
She must have eaten several 2-3 maybe.
She weighs 60lbs
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

Thank you,

Now I do I suspect Dakota has had some of the hops. This is because intoxication with this will often cause panting and elevated body temperature. In severe ingestions, we can also see agitation, tremors, and seizures. So, this does fit with a mild exposure for her.

Now since we are nearly 11 hours post ingestion, we will be limited with what we can do here. We are well passed a stage where we can induce vomiting or use activated charcoal to counter this intoxication. Instead, we have 2 options. Since it has been 11 hours already and we are likely at peak effects, we can try to keep her calm, cool (bathing in cool water, putting cool compresses on her belly and feet, over cool water to drink, etc), and monitor for the rest of the day. Otherwise, if she appears to be struggling to breathe or is very warm; then we may need to get her local vet involved as well. They can sedate her with medication to both calm and reduce her temperature +/- give IV fluids to flush this toxin out faster.

Overall, Dakota's signs fit with hops ingestion. With it being so far on since she ate this, we are likely seeing the worst of this. So, if she is breathing comfortably (though quickly of course) and can settle, we can monitor for the next 8-12 hours. But if she is struggling, we'd want her seen for the above supportive care here.

All the best,

Dr. B.

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