Rescue dog treated in rare case of alcohol addiction and withdrawal after owner dies
- A Labrador mix had to be treated for alcoholism when rescued by a shelter after his owner died.
- Coco, from Devon, England, had to be sedated for four weeks to manage his withdrawal symptoms.
A Labrador mix in Plymouth, western England, has had to be treated for alcoholism after he was taken into a rescue shelter following the death of his owner.
Woodside Animal Welfare Trust wrote on Facebook that Coco, a two-year-old male, arrived at their center very unwell and having fits.
He, and another dog that he came in with, was treated by an emergency vet.
"After arriving with his canine pal following the death of his owner, he and his companion became quickly unwell. Coco's friend was repeatedly fitting, and soon after, Coco also started to fit," said Woodside Animal Welfare Trust.
Sadly, the dog he came in with died despite the "best efforts" of the vets he was treated by.
Coco had to be sedated for four weeks to manage his withdrawal symptoms.
But, despite Coco's unusual and extraordinary condition, he is now off all medication and starting a new life.
The Woodside Animal Welfare Trust said that " physically he seems to have recovered, mentally he is still very anxious at times."
The dogs became dependent on alcohol when their owner left out drinks before he went to sleep, reported The Telegraph.
However, the trust said it is not clear what happened to Coco before he was rescued and how he, and his companion, got into this situation, but he has now been given another chance at life.
"No-one knows the specifics on how these dogs got into the situation with alcohol, but we do know that without our care Coco would likely have not survived this heart breaking ordeal," said the trust
On his adoption page, the Trust say they are looking for someone to give him a loving home locally at the shelter so they can monitor his well-being going forward.
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