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Sorry to hear about your pup! Let's work through this...
Has she ever displayed signs of dizziness or lethargy after eating?
Please give me a couple minutes to respond, sounds like a reaction to the heartworm prevention.
Some animals have reactions to Ivermectin, the active drug in heartgard. Signs can include dizziness, lethargy, and CNS excitation (this means they act like they are on speed). If your dog is eating and drinking well otherwise, the best course of action is to discontinue the use of Heartgard and move to another heartworm preventative, I recommend "Sentinel". Further, you'll need to discuss these reactions with your veterinarian so they can put in the medical record that Ivermectin toxicity is suspected and she doesn't get any of the many commonly used drugs with ivermectin in it.
For right now, allowing her to rest is the best course of action - as 24 hours is too late to make her vomit. If she's okay right now she'll be okay tomorrow.
No change is diet is recommended right now. It is really hard to say if you have to go to an ER right now as anything she could have eaten, toxins, etc. could cause her signs. Given what you've told me, Ivermectin toxicity is a likely scenario. I would, however call the number on the Heartgard box and report this event - they often times will refund your purchase!
Is she eating and drinking okay?
Is there ANY chance we got into any medications, drugs, etc... marijuana, human medication, chocolate... etc...
Yeah, she likely ate the raw leaves... smoke doesn't effect them as much as the raw leave... okay so heres what your gonna do, are you ready?
Grab maple syrup or Karo syrup and rub it on her gums. This helps with the low blood sugar that can occur from raw marijuana leaves. Next, SLOWLY trickle gatorade or pedialyte into the corner of her mouth - DONT make her choke on it... just slow enough to lap it up. Allow rest and a quiet environment.
the "spacey" stare makes me worried about her blood sugar.
Try this, wait 30 minutes, and if she's not better she may need to get into an ER facility for some supportive care.
Okay if you tried 30 min ago that sounds like a safe bet.
Good luck and one more thing before you go!
Tell the vet everything you told me - even the marijuana, we;re just here to help you won't get in any trouble I promise!
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