A Labrador puppy had to be treated for alcohol addiction, with vets trying and save him and another dog after they became hooked on booze left out by their owner.
Coco, a two-year-old Labrador puppy required intensive care for more than a month after arriving at Woodside Animal Welfare Trust suffering from canine alcohol withdrawal, which the animal shelter said was “a first” for them.
Coco and another dog arrived at the shelter after their owner passed away, but the pooches quickly fell ill.
The other dog was repeatedly having fits and, soon after, Coco also started to fit as well.
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Sadly, while an on-site vet tried their best to save both dogs, the second dog passed away and Coco remained "seriously unwell", the shelter wrote on Facebook.
The brown lab required around the clock care and his symptoms indicated that he was in alcohol withdrawal.
Staff at the rescue centre told the Telegraph that the dogs became dependent on alcohol after their owner left out drinks before he went to sleep.
Coco spent four weeks sedated at the shelter to help him with his withdrawal symptoms and to reduce the risk of further fits.
Thankfully, the treatment worked and the pup will be ready for adoption soon.
The shelter said: “We are so thankful that we are now out of danger and Coco is off all medication and is now starting to behave like a normal dog.
“He is not yet ready for adoption and whilst physically he seems to have recovered, mentally he is still very anxious at times.”
The shelter added because Coco was cared for in a more homely environment and away from the main kennels, he was able to recover properly, adding that it “certainly made a difference in his recovery and overall wellbeing”.
The shelter said without their care, “Coco would likely not have survived this heart-breaking ordeal”.
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