ETHANOL, ALCOHOL, TOXICITY IN DOGS AND CATS
 
Description    Ethanol Intoxication is uncommon in pets and rarely fatal but should be considered when alcoholic beverages, fermented foods, or yeast preparations have been ingested. Can appear clinically similar to Ethylene Glycol Toxicosis, and since ethanol is a treatment for Ethylene Glycol Toxicosis the correct diagnosis is important.
 
Species   Canine, Feline
 
Signs   Abdominal distention, Abnormal breath odor, Ataxia, Cold skin, Colic, Coma, Congestion oral mucous membranes, Constant or increased vocalization, Decreased respiratory rate, Dehydration, Disoriented, Dullness, Dysmetria, Dyspnea, Excitement, Hyperesthesia, Hypothermia, Inability to stand, Increased respiratory rate, Pain on external abdominal pressure, Polydipsia, Seizures or syncope, Trembling, Tremor, Vomiting or regurgitation
 
References   Cortinovis C. Household Food Items Toxic to Dogs and Cats. Front Vet Sci 2016;Mar [Web Reference]
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