Veterinarians now using Narcan to help dogs with overdose symptoms

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Area veterinarians are seeing more and more cases of overdoses in local dogs and sometimes have to use the drug Narcan to reverse the effects.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Area veterinarians are seeing more and more cases of overdoses in local dogs and sometimes have to use the drug Narcan to reverse the effects.

News Center 7’s Kate Bartley spoke with a veterinarian from Moraine’s Medvet office, who said most often the dogs get into owners’ prescriptions, but there can be situations where they come in contact with more serious drugs.

"We've had individual cases of heroin exposure and that's kind of eye-opening to us,” said Ashley Wiese of MedVet.  "I think it probably is a sign of the time. Say 10 or 15 years ago, we didn't see a lot of this."

Veterinarians say in order to provide the best care and possibly save a dog’s life the owners need to share all information even if it involves possible illegal drugs.

"In order to provide the best care possible, we need the most accurate information. We want to create a safe environment for the owners to share necessary information,” said Weise.

Veterinarians say the overall rule here is people need to be very careful with how they're storing medications.

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