Acute ethanol alcohol intoxication in a dog

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Objective: An Alascan Malamute was severely ill after having ingested concentrated alcohol (94% (v/v) ethanol). Pathogenesis, therapy and similar cases are discussed. Study design: A case study of acute alcohol poisoning in a dog is presented followed by a review of the relevant literature. Results: The case was managed aggressively with supportive symptomatic therapy, and despite reaching a comatose stadium the patient eventually recovered fully. Without a specific history other toxicoses and enteral pathology have to be considered. Treatment must focus on stabilisation of the patient, reversal of CNS depression, decontamination, maintaining acid-base homeostasis and blood glucose levels. Conclusion and clinical relevance: Acute ethanol intoxication occurs relatively rarely in dogs and, if severe, must be treated aggressively and symptomatically.

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The following case report describes the successful treatment of acute ethanol poisoning in a two-year-old Labrador retriever due to uncooked stollen dough. In many cases, the degree of ethanol poisoning is underestimated although pets not uncommonly ingest groceries which contain alcohol. Affected pets come mostly with overt clinical signs to a veterinary practice; however, there are only a few references on the topic of ethanol poisoning available. This case report provides an example of treating such a case.
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