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My 4 pound chihuahua is staggering in kind of a stumble way,

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My 4 pound chihuahua is staggering in kind of a stumble way, acting nervous, a little bothered, possible vision problems, congestion, sneezing more than normal and smelling everything like she's unsure of surroundings. I'm worried she may have digested a 150mg lithium pill according to my knowledge. Should I be seriously concerned and take her into the vet or does it need to just run it's course through her system and just keep an eye on her?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: As a matter of fact, that was my first action as it seemed almost like she may have something in her paw, but there was nothing there that I could see and she didn't seemed to be in discomfort when I squeezed them one by one.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the chihuahua?
Customer: No ma'am
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Brenda Evans replied 4 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr. Evans. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm formulating my response now.

Expert:  Brenda Evans replied 4 months ago.

Did you see her ingest the lithium pill? And if so, how long ago do you think she ate it?

For a 4 pound dog, that is a very high dose of lithium. Even though we usually see more problems with chronic, long-term exposure, acute poisonings can also happen. I'd strongly recommend you take your dog in to your veterinarian so she can be properly examined and treated.

Expert:  Brenda Evans replied 4 months ago.

How old is your dog? Has she been vomiting? Or is there anything else she may have gotten into?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No I did not personally see her ingest it, it was just a highly possible reasoning for her sudden weird actions. I checked out her feet and legs for any chance she may have injured herself but there is no boo-boos visible and I cannot think of any other reasoning for her sudden change in actions. She is 8 1/2 yrs old and has no medical history problems or illness, so I have no other possible solutions for her sudden weird change in actions. Unless there's any other possibilities I need to be aware of?
Expert:  Brenda Evans replied 4 months ago.

Sudden changes in behavior and mentation are concerning. If the lithium ingestion is a real possibility, I'd have her seen as soon as possible. Other possibilities include a partial seizure (or a full seizure that you didn't witness), vision issues caused by, among other possibilities, high blood pressures, an ear infection causing balance problems, or even inhaling something like a grass blade that's causing discomfort.

Expert:  Brenda Evans replied 4 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Brenda Evans

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