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I have a 12 lb Lhasa/BIchon mix that was given a shot of Buprenex

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I have a 12 lb Lhasa/BIchon mix that was given a shot of Buprenex this morning at 10. (It is now 7 p.m. She is still in a stupor state and her back legs are shaking. For about 6 hours today she was constantly whining like a child crying.
Do I need to get her to an Emergency Hospital? Could this be a reaction to this medication?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Dan replied 2 years ago.
Hello! Thank you for your question, I'm Dr. Dan and I'll try to help you. I don't think this is a true reaction to the medication but you are describing side effects. Buprenex can last 12 or more hours and side effects can last even longer. If there were any other drugs used as well then they could be adding to the effect of buprenex. The crying is called dysphoria and is a mental reaction to the drugs and not usually indicative of pain, it's how some dogs respond to narcotics. The shaking and stupor are also exaggerated effects of the buprenex. It is probably no fun to see her in this state but in the next 4-12 hours these effects should slowly wear off. If any of these effects (stupor or shaking specifically) start to get worse, then she should go to the emergency hospital. Otherwise she just needs time to allow the medicine to wear off. I hope this helps, if not please feel free to ask more questions. Dr. Dan