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Customer: My name is ***** *****, I came home to my dog acting strange. I have seen him after he accidentally consumed marijuana, and he is acting similarly, but he didn't get any pot, since there isn't any in the house. His pupils are dilated and responding slowly, he is acting fearful and off-balance.
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Customer: His gums are pinkish red and responsive to pressure, but he is not drinking water, his nose is dry. I think he may have eaten mold in the shower, which my landlord isn't doing anything about. Is he safe, do I need to induce vomiting, should I take him to the vet?
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am sorry to hear that your dog is behaving oddly. Can you please tell me his age and breed? Are his eyes darting side to side or does he have a head tilt? If you take him outside do his pupils constrict?

Thank you

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
He is almost 8 years old, Shetland Sheepdog.
His eyes are not darting and he doesn't have a head tilt, but his legs aren't being supportive, he's off-balance, and I shined a light in his eyes and his pupils constricted slowly and out of syncopation with one another.
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information. Are there any plants he could have ingested? Any medications? Is he responsive to you if you call his name (focus on you)? Lastly, will he take a treat or favorite toy?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I don't know if you could see all of the messages sent to the automatic messenger, but it's behaviors that he exhibited both the time he consumed marijuana and the time he had ivermectin toxicity. He has not been in contact with either substance. I tried to give him his toy, and he acting scared of it. He is responsive to his name, not on any medications aside from Panoramis which I am not administering for another week.
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Yes I did see your original response, I just wanted to make sure there were no other possible ingestions because as you said he is acting as if he ingested something he shouldn't have and this can be medicinal or also a plant can cause this as well. No chance of anything in the yard such as mushrooms either?

When you say he is responsive he will make eye contact if you call his name?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
None of the plants in the yard are toxic, he has been spending a lot of time standing in the shower, though, which drips and has mold present, the landlord is yet to rectify this. His head is actually wet. I checked the yard for mushrooms as soon as I saw him acting like this and there are none.
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Thank you again for your responses. Is he making eye contact? Do you think he can see at this time?

There is a condition that can cause the pupils to dilate that are not causes by anything ingested and want to ensure he can see clearly still as a precaution

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Is he doing any circling?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Yeah, he's making eye contact. He can see, he's flinching whenever anything comes near him. Not really circling, but he's running in fear and just peed when I tried to touch him
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

I don't think it sounds like he is in a life threatening situation but one thing I cannot rule out as a concern is an acute increase in blood pressure causing his symptoms and that can be a concern tonight

My suggestion is to have him evaluated tonight with his symptoms and not wait to see if this resolves on its own. If he does have a high blood pressure then this should be treated to ensure there is no damage to the eyes, heart, kidneys, liver and if everything appears to be stable give him something to aid in allowing him to rest comfortably as this passes through his system

But I would consider a veterinary visit today if you are able and not wait...

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Alright, thank you so much.
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

You are very welcome, you both are in my thoughts and hopefully this will pass without incident...

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Good evening, I wanted to check in on your dog to see how he is doing? Were you able to get to the er? What was found? I would love an update when you are able...

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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