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Can dogs get high?
I have a client, Sam, who has a lab, and Sam says his lab has gone "crazy" since he's started giving her drugs. Sam says he first discovered that his lab was doing this when he took her to the vet for a "checkup" and her body language was a whole lot different than normal.
Her head would get on the floor and she wouldn't respond to Sam, when normally, she's the most happy dog in the whole world when Sam pulls up to the house in his little, cute, blue Jeep.
Sam asked me to come over and help him find out what was wrong, because he sd he wasn't sure what was going on, but he did know that she seemed to have some sort of chemical thing in her head.
She is in her mid-40's, and the vet told me she used to be a good dog, but since she started taking the drugs, she has been getting worse. She walks around in a "zombie" look, and her eyes aren't looking like they're even with each other, so she has a droopy eye look, and her brn seems to be getting sluggish.
The vet also sd that sometimes, when she's on the drugs, her body would look "drugged" to him. She would just sit there and look at him and be in a "blank" stare, but, usually, she'd be up in Sam's face with love.
As I've always been a dog lover, and have worked in vet clinics, I know a "zombie" dog when I see one, so I am really concerned for her health.
I've spent several hours with her the last couple of weeks, watching her walk around the yard, going in and out of the house, watching her eat and do her business, and observing her in her normal, happy self when Sam's not with her.
I'm sure that in the "zombie" state, it looks a lot like her eyes are looking in different directions, so she could be looking off to the side, but, because she's up in Sam's face, it could be that she's looking at him.
She's pretty calm around Sam. She won't come over to him, or go over to him, but, she doesn't run away from him, or cower, or anything like that. She just sits there and looks at him.
She seems a little less active in her joints, and sometimes, when she comes over to me, she's favoring one side.
I think I'm going to ask the vet what he thinks, if it's okay to "suss her out" and see if he thinks she's having some type of seizure, or, if she is on drugs, which is a thought that has crossed my mind.
If I could, I'd bring her home, so that she could be at home.
When I go to work in the morning, I'm going to keep an eye on her, so that if I see something, I'll call the vet.
Sam has had seizure dogs before, so he's been through the process of watching them, hoping that they will eventually settle down after the seizure. Sometimes they do, but sometimes, not. It's very traumatic for the dog, and it takes a long time to heal.
I'm also going to try and bring her out of the barn every day to walk around, and see if she'll do that. The last one that we did, she had a huge meltdown, and she hasn't done that since.
I'm also going to try and get a video camera up high, so that if there's something weird going on, or if she starts to "do the zombie", I'll be able to record it.
I've posted before on how I feel about zombie dogs, and she is definitely a zombie.
This is her, in the barn, with the camera up high, looking at me, as she is having a seizure.
She's not having an attack like this one. She has a twitch, and she's turning around, and not doing anything else.
As far as I can tell, she has been like this all day, and her seizures have been getting progressively worse.
Here she is, while having a seizure. You can see the twitch.
Here she is, the seizure is over. You can see her eyes, she's not seeing anything at all.
Here is her after her seizure, she can't really do anything, just lying on the ground, and wting for the next one.
I'm worried that she's not going to last very long.
I've talked to my vet about what she can do, she's not a huge fan of surgery, and even if she is going to have to have surgery, she wants to go to the vet that did my daughter's dog. That vet sd he's not familiar with zombie dogs, and I'm not confident that he can give her the care she needs, so I'm hoping that I can find a different vet to do it.
My daughter will leave town tomorrow, and won't be home, so I can't take her to a better vet than her vet.
I don't know what she's going to do to me.
Here she is eating something.
I don't know what she likes to eat, but she has been very very hungry for some time now.
I was afrd that she might get dehydrated from not eating, so I've been giving her fluids, but that has not helped her situation at all. She still looks sick, she still seems very weak, and she is still not able to move her front limbs.
It is killing me to leave her this way, she's suffering so much. I'm worried that she will not be able to make it.
She's so much in pn.
She has a lot of pn when her seizures are over, she can't really do anything, just lying there and wting to get her food agn.
If I can only find a vet, I can take her to see them, even if she can't be operated on.
But what about after that? Will they know how to help her? Can she get better after? Is there anything I can do?
I don't know what to do or to think.
I know she is suffering. I am going to pray for her, I am going to do everything I can.
All I can do now is pray for her.
I'm going to be doing a little prayer on her behalf, I'm going to start tomorrow.
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