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Acute onset of generalized tremors, mild ataxia, and hyperesthesia in a young dog after presumptive ingestion of a giant sea hare belonging to the genus Aplysia

Author:
Chia, Michael P. C.
Source:
Journal of veterinary emergency and critical care 2015 v.25 no.6 pp. 778-782
ISSN:
1479-3261
Subject:
ataxia (disorder), coasts, decontamination, dogs, ingestion, poisoning
Abstract:
OBJECTIVE: To describe an unusual case of canine toxicosis from presumptive sea hare ingestion, its management, and outcome. CASE SUMMARY: A young dog was treated for acute toxicosis after partially ingesting a giant sea hare washed up on a beach. The primary symptoms of generalized tremors, mild ataxia, and hyperesthesia occurred rapidly within 20 minutes of ingestion. Decontamination procedures were performed early and the dog made a full recovery within an approximate period of 6 hours. NEW OR UNIQUE INFORMATION PROVIDED: Sea hare toxicosis should be considered as a potential cause of acute onset of tremors, ataxia, and hyperesthesia in previously healthy dogs living in coastal areas.
Agid:
4791072