In a heartbreaking scene on Friday afternoon, the pet adoption and animal shelter, Concho Valley PAWS rushed to help a dog now dubbed Hope, who had been surrendered by her owner after they claimed they could not care for their dog who was having seizures. Just as she entered the organization’s office located in San Angelo, Texas, Hope had a severe seizure.
The dog was immediately brought to the Main Street Veterinary Clinic where veterinarians suspected Hope had ingested a drug; “possibly methamphetamine, cocaine or large quantities of nicotine.” Two adults held the dog down on the examination table until the anti-seizure medications began to take effect. Hope’s heart rate had been alarming and her seizures were intense. Once sedated, the seizures stopped, and intravenous fluids were given to flush out the pollution from her system.
This happened after hours, and PAWS has submitted a urine test for a toxicology report to determine if this was the result of cruelty or abuse. It is a “wait and see” for Hope to see if she survives or if there is any permanent damage, however on Saturday morning the news was brighter. On the organization’s Facebook page, the dog’s photo indicated a much healthier pup, and her report was encouraging:
“Update: Hope made it through the night! She is drinking and walking. She is alert and so, so sweet. We’re hoping and praying for no seizures now that she is no longer sedated.”
As a precaution, E-cigarettes pose a significant threat to dogs. These devices vaporize a liquid mix of glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine, and flavorings; in states where marijuana is legal, THC may be among the ingredients. The liquid, often called e-juice, comes in sweet flavors which can attract dogs. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center includes cigarettes and nicotine on its list of poisonous household products, and warns that e-juice used to recharge device cartridges contains enough nicotine to kill a dog. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include severe vomiting, depression, an elevated heart rate, decrease in blood pressure, seizures and respiratory failure.
To donate for Hope’s emergency care, testing and assessment, please click here. If the prognosis is good, Hope will be spayed, vaccinated and be made available for adoption.
(Photos and video of Hope having seizures via Concho Valley PAWS)
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