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She is acting like she's drunk

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When a dog exhibits behavior that resembles drunkenness, such as uncoordinated movement, stumbling, or appearing disoriented, this can be a sign of a few different health issues.

One possibility is an inner ear infection, which can disrupt balance and cause a dog to seem as if they are drunk. Another potential cause could be vestibular disease, which affects the balance systems of the body. In younger dogs, this might be a result of a congenital issue or an infection.

Toxicity is another concern. If your dog has ingested something toxic, such as certain human medications, plants, or chemicals, this could lead to neurological symptoms including lethargy and loss of coordination.

At home, keep track of her symptoms, noting if they worsen or if additional symptoms appear. Make sure she has easy access to water and food, and monitor her intake and output.

If your dog's symptoms include any of the following, it would be a situation where immediate veterinary attention is necessary:

- Seizures or convulsions
- Loss of consciousness
- Extreme lethargy or unresponsiveness
- Difficulty breathing or changes in gum color to blue or white

These symptoms could indicate a life-threatening condition and require urgent care.

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