A dog that moves “irregularly” has been found to have ingested meth while out for a walk

A dog with erratic exercise in San Diego was found to have ingested meth while out for a walk.

Roger Dunn had just gotten home from walking his dog named Zelda when he noticed she wasn’t acting as usual, KFMB reported.

When Dunn and the 3-year-old dog returned, “the dog began to move her leg erratically.”

According to Dunn, the movement is “getting more and more complicated” and Zelda is “very scared”.

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A stock photo shows a dog and some meth. A dog that was walking erratically in San Diego was found to have ingested meth while out on a walk.
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After a rushed visit to the vet immediately afterwards, the dog was found to have trace levels of methamphetamine and amphetamine in her urine. Both drugs target the central nervous system and can have serious side effects.

The dog was treated by IV and given a sedative, KFMB said. After 36 hours of treatment, the vets examined her for liver damage. The dog is now recovering at Dunn’s home.

Dunn went to NextDoor to warn others in his community about what had happened. How the dog got to the drugs is unclear. However, it wouldn’t be the first time a dog has accidentally come into contact with strong stimulants.

As unusual as it may seem, this is not the only such incident that has taken place in recent days. The vet who treated Zelda said there had been similar cases recently.

“Several people have responded that similar incidents have happened to their dogs, so there is cause for concern,” Dunn told KFMB.

There are several signs dog owners can look out for if they fear their dog has drug intoxication. These include hyperactivity, tremors, lack of coordination, rapid heartbeat, panting and more.

Before Zelda’s leg started shaking, she had been very energetic on her walk. However, according to Dunn, this isn’t unusual behavior for the pooch because she usually has a lot of energy.

If left untreated, drug poisoning in dogs can lead to severe central nervous system side effects and organ damage. Dogs can even die if left unnoticed.

Recovery from drug intoxication in dogs depends largely on the size of the dog, breed, and the amount ingested.

Dunn told KFMB, “Over the years that I’ve lived here, things have gotten considerably more hectic over the years, as anyone on this block and blocks will tell you.”

In 2021, Fox5 reported that San Diego was facing a meth crisis. A report released by officials at the time showed that a total of 722 San Diego residents were found to have meth in their systems after their deaths in 2020.

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Rick Schindler

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