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Is catnip harmful to dogs

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Is catnip harmful to dogs?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 5 years ago.
Hello,
Has your Chihuahua already ingested some?

If so, how much?

Is he exhibiting any problems currently?

Thanks
Dr. Andy

My response may delayed 15 minutes while driving home, but I will reply once I can review your answers.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I am not sure the amount it came with a scratch item purchased today for a kitten. He is acting extremely strange. He looks high and is off balance.
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 5 years ago.
Okay.
No. A dog should not get sick, with the symptoms you are describing after ingesting catnip. Dogs DO NOT respond to this herb with the same behavioral changes.
Certainly, if enough were ingested, my primary concerns would be most digestive upset, vomiting or diarrhea.

So, if he appears to be "high" or off-balance, then I am more concerned about some other vestibular condition (loss of equilibrium), and absolutely, he should be evaluated by an ER vet to be safe.

But, I would not expect any of the same euphoric or behavioral changes seen in cats on catnip.

Good Luck
Dr. Andy



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