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Can dogs get addicted to drugs?
This is a discussion on Can dogs get addicted to drugs? within the General Injuries forums, part of the Injury & Pain category; Does anyone know if drugs like cocaine can cause addiction in a dog? I have a dog that I don't know...
Can dogs get addicted to drugs?
Does anyone know if drugs like cocaine can cause addiction in a dog? I have a dog that I don't know much about except that it was given to me. I don't know how long he's had it or anything. The only thing is that he really has a hard time getting rid of drugs. He gets the shakes, he runs a lot and he gets scared. He has to sniff his back, belly, and butt to get rid of the drugs, and he really hates it. He'll get on the floor, and lay down as close to the door as he can, and if someone walks into the room he'll start to act like he's going to run and hide, and he tries to get away when I come in. I can only see him shaking once and then he doesn't shake for two hours or so. I took him to the vet, but I wasn't able to find anything wrong. I know he doesn't like the drugs, and he isn't doing it on purpose, but I just want to know if he can get addicted or not.
You have an excellent chance of this happening. It is quite easy for people who are taking drugs on a regular basis. It is very much the same for a dog. They may start off being clean and then decide that they want to go off to a party and do a few lines and then have a very difficult time stopping and getting rid of the high. It is possible to have a true addiction. I know this from personal experience. My best friend has a beautiful greyhound that gets into all sorts of trouble whenever he gets high. He won't be able to stop. I know this because I have witnessed his highs and his lows over and over again.
They can also get addicted to alcohol which may or may not affect them the same as a person taking drugs.
Addiction is more likely if they don't have a choice in it.
This is not really a pet related topic. I suggest that you take it to the vets for advice.
Thanks for the reply, you don't happen to have a number that the vet is working from, do you? The only time I have ever seen my dog have a high was after she took some mushrooms. I guess it was some type of ecstasy. Her tail was so wavy it looked like she had been on the beach all day. When I got her back she just looked tired. She also got really nervous when anyone talked to her. I did get the vet number, but he wasn't there, he was on vacation or something. He didn't have a cell phone, so I left a message with his office. When he got back they said he'd be back in 2 or 3 days. So, if he can't help, I'll get the number of a vet in my area and call them.
I did talk to him though. He said that she was pretty messed up.
That is probably what caused her. Her tail didn't act like that from being on the beach. It was like she was having a panic attack, or something. It was crazy. I've had that happen to me once or twice, and I don't even like mushrooms. I guess you just have to be prepared for the unexpected.
Yes. You may want to get her checked for parasites as well. Her shaking and her shivering and hiding are signs that she is sick. It's probably just a reaction to something she ate or got into.
As for the vets, I had to drive 45 minutes to get to one of them. I don't think they have cell phones. The other one was just over an hour away and I wasn't feeling like driving 45 minutes again. I'll try to call back when the first one gets back.
I do agree that you need to be prepared for the unexpected.
Take your dog to the vet if you can afford it.
Get him tested for parasites.
I had a very similar thing happen with my brother. His dog was found with some drugs in his body. His dog was addicted and could not stop taking them.
I don't have a problem with what you're doing at all, it's all just part of being a responsible owner. I wish you the best.
Oh man, thank you so much for the reply, you have no idea how much this means to me. When I took her to the vet yesterday he said he thought that she was probably sick, but since she wasn't there he couldn't do anything about it. He told me not to bring her back to him unless I brought her for a treatment or something, but I was going to anyway. I'm not sure if she's had a parasite or something, and I do know that she had been running a fever and had the shakes once. I'm not really sure about anything else. He also said that there was nothing wrong with her, so that's good. It's just really scary that it could happen again.
I know that I have to be ready for the unexpected, and it would have been nice to have known all of this before. It doesn't sound like it is going to get better. I guess if I'm not happy with it, I should just let it go.
That is the first time I have ever heard of someone else having this problem, though. I didn't know that it was something like that. My brother didn't take any drugs either.
I have to take my dog to the vet at least once a year, but I don't take her there often enough, or often enough. I need to take her in soon and get her checked.
It seems like it's going to be something that she will have to deal with for the rest of her life. I just wish she didn't get that sick and nervous so quickly. She