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He got ahold of meth & i cant reach a vet. Methamphetamine…

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He got ahold of...

He got ahold of meth & i cant reach a vet

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the dog?

Methamphetamine poisoning

Veterinarian's Assistant: Did you see what the dog ate?

He came in with a baggy in his mouth

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?

He is a puppy & weighs about 3#. He is showing all signs of exposure

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

How are you both just now?

What signs are you seeing?

How much could he have had here?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
He is very agitated & hyper. He did just eat
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. B., Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Ok, I am glad to hear that he is only showing those signs thus far.

That is positive since high doses would cause tremors and seizures by this stage. So, if he is just hyper/agitated, we'd want to keep monitoring and try to keep him calm. Of course, if he is very, very agitated or show any progression of signs, then it would be ideal to get your local vet involved so that IV fluids +/- supportive care (is anti-seizure medication, muscle relaxants, etc) if necessary. Otherwise, again we'd want to keep him calm, keep things quiet, and dimly lit (to reduce seizure stimulation). Eating is good but also keep him drinking if you can to flush this out. As meth sometimes causes diarrhea, if he has any GI upset, you treat this by offering a light diet option. Examples of an easily digestible diet include cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, scrambled egg, or meat baby food (as long as its free from garlic or onion powder). Ideally, we want to offer this as small frequent meals to keep the stomach settled. And if this is the peak of his signs, we should see this start to wane in the next few hours for him.

Overall, meth does cause these signs quite quickly after onset (which is why we are limited in absorption interventions for these cases) but usually mild cases will settle with time and supportive care. So, just keep things quiet/calm at home and encourage him to drink. But any worsening of signs and we'd want him on fluids to just get this out quicker and get him back to normal.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.

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

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