Narcan was used to save the life of a dog in Ohio last week, police said.
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Ohio police officer brings vet Narcan to save dog from 'opioid emergency'

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According to a post on the Austintown Police Department’s Facebook page, police were called to the Austintown Veterinary Clinic on Friday.

A Doberman pinscher puppy named Trooper had a severe reaction to medication he received before surgery, WYTV reported. The animal began to have an opioid emergency, WJW reported.

"It doesn't happen very often at all, but just like a person they can have a bad reaction to any kind of medication," Cheryl Whitfield told WYTV.

Austintown police Sgt. Rick John said he received a call from the veterinary clinic.

"The Austintown Vet Clinic is on the phone, can we give them some Narcan and does it work on dogs?" John told WYTV reported.

The officer drove to a pharmacy and obtained Narcan, which reversed the effects of the medication.

"I had to watch, I was intrigued by it. And I wasn't 100 percent certain it would work on a dog," John told WYTV.

Although Narcan is a spray, Whitfield used an IV to make the medicine work faster, the television station reported.

"I took a needle and syringe … and drew it into syringe and gave it right in the vein, and he was up within seconds to minutes afterwards," Whitfield told WYTV.

Trooper went home moments later and was doing much better by Monday, the television station reported.

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