Q: My dog is acting drunk.

In this video we discuss what to do if your dog is experiencing neurologic signs, such as loss of balance, wobbliness and acting drunk. There is a long list of many different diseases and medical problems that can cause these types of neurologic signs. The most common reason we see young, otherwise healthy pets being brought into the emergency room for these symptoms is intoxications.

Where we live (Whistler, BC), the most common intoxication is recreational drug intoxication. The most common recreational drug dogs test positive for is marijuana/THC, but we do see urine drug tests positive for other drugs such as cocaine, methamphetamine, amphetamine, opioids/fentanyl and MDMA). However, there are many different toxins that can cause neurologic signs, including antifreeze/engine coolant (a deadly toxin that requires immediate intervention), certain essential oils (even a small amount of tea tree oil applied to the skin of a dog or cat can be lethal), rodent/insect poisons, and medications. There are also many other medical problems that can cause neurologic signs (including meningitis, strokes, brain tumors, and problems with other organ systems like the heart). It is always best to see your vet (or an emergency vet clinic) right away if you are noticing neurologic signs. Sometimes, referral to a neurology specialist may be needed.

Remember to keep all drugs, poisons, toxins and medications out of reach of pets and children!

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