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Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.
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Experience:  BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
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My large mastiff 25kg. She has eaten about 3 handfulls

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My large bull mastiff 25kg. She has eaten about 3 handfulls of soaked sloes full of gin. must have been at 10pm last night at least 6 hours ago. she woke me at 5 am and she is drunk as skunk and walking v wobbly. took her to garden and large poo full of sloes. she is now in her bed a bit like a drunk teenager seems to be breathing ok and resting. I am in the highlands and miles from any vet. Shall I minitor and watch her. Shes a big dog so do you think she could get through this and what can I do for her. Tried watwer but not thirsty yet. Shall I ngive her sugar or glucose??? help please with some home advice if possible.???? thanks Glenn
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 3 years ago.

Scott Nimmo :

My name is Scott and I am an experienced small animal veterinary surgeon, I will be very pleased to work with you today and will try my best to answer your question to your satisfaction.

JACUSTOMER-wx2e8ach- :

hi scott whats your view

Scott Nimmo :

Alcohol actually affects dog much more than it affects humans but the amount Elsa has swallowed is relatively small and she is a fair sized dog so the chances are she will just sleep things off but this could take another 12 hours

Scott Nimmo :

It is now too late to induce vomiting as this should be done within the first two hours after ingestion

Scott Nimmo :

There would be no particular treatment at this stage other than just supportive treatment.

Scott Nimmo :

it is very encouraging that seven hours has passed since ingestion as if something was going to go badly wrong it would have done so by now in my experience.

Scott Nimmo :

A vet might put her on a drip and monitor her while she recovers but the chances are she will be OK as long as she does not deteriorate further ...

Scott Nimmo :

Just give her plain water water if she is thirsty, that should be fine ...

Scott Nimmo :

If she does deteriorate then you should get her to a vet of course ...

JACUSTOMER-wx2e8ach- :

what are signs of deterioration scott.

Scott Nimmo :

I have actually seen this sort of situation a few times where dogs have had access to alcohol, sometimes by accident and sometimes on purpose by the owner, but all recovered in my experience ...

JACUSTOMER-wx2e8ach- :

shes is breathing normally now - always snores!! always floppy!! what would be a bad sign?

Scott Nimmo :

Just as in a human, deterioration would present as increasing lethargy and becoming non responsive and comatose.

JACUSTOMER-wx2e8ach- :

ok thanks have a great sunday

Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 3 years ago.
Breathing normally, that sounds encouraging ...
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 3 years ago.
Hi Glenn,

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.

Regards,


Scott