New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrations, resolutions and numerous drinking as you bring in the not only the next day but the start of a brand new year. Most festivities are culminated in bars, halls, hotels and other party facilities while some are best spent in your very own home in the midst of the children and family pets. When doing so, some dogs may be subjected to a glass of alcohol lying around that can cause toxicity, requiring medical attention. If your dog does consume anything with ethanol toxins, immediately contact your local Knoxville-area veterinarian as listed at the end of this article or look one up that may be closer to your home.
Ethanol is most frequently found in medications and alcoholic beverages; commonly known as grain or ethyl alcohol. Ethanol toxicity is more common in dogs than cats and occurs with an excessive amount consumed. Depending on the size of pet and the amount consumed, there are various signs and symptoms that can also become fatal for your pet.
Most responsible pet owners would not give a dog any alcohol (or non-prescribed medication) intentionally but it can happen accidentally, especially in a party situation with other unsuspecting guests. Other causes of ethanol toxicity is due to skin exposure to products with these ingredients and the ingestion of hand sanitizers.
Things to watch for is any alcohol on your pet’s breath or stomach content through vomiting. Other signs of ethanol toxicity includes, depression, in-coordination or staggering, excitability, urination frequency or incontinence, behavior changes, and in severe cases a dog can suffer cardiac failure and demise. Be aware of the early signs so that you can get your pet to the vet for immediate care.
At the vet’s office, your dog would probably undergo such testing as blood work and biochemical profiles. Sometimes, blood gas analysis is also performed for a definitive diagnosis. Time is of the essence. Treatment could include activated charcoal, therapy with IV fluids that contains dextrose, electrolytes and sodium bicarbonate to treat fluid problems, acidosis and hypoglycemia. Severe cases may require treatment for cardiac arrest or respiratory support.
The best you can do for your dog to ensure accidents do not occur and your pet does not have access to anything with ethanol like medications and alcoholic drinks. After a diagnosis and treatment for an unfortunate situation, keep a close eye on your pet in the home to monitor any changes after treatment. Closely follow the advice and therapy as prescribed by your veterinarian. In all cases, prevention is the best scenario.
Knoxville Village Vet, 11301 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934, Tel: (865) 966–8900, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knoxville Central Vet Hospital, 1212 W. Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916, Phone: (865) 525-1167
Knoxville Emergency Vet, 1819 Ailor Ave. Knoxville, TN 37916 | (865) 221-8956
Knoxville Animal Behaviorists – College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, 2407 River Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996