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Drug testing for dogs


Pet Poison Helpline


Drug Testing for Dogs?

A quick, easy way to diagnose illegal drug exposure in dogs is to use over-the-counter urine drug tests designed for people. These tests are inexpensive ($10 to $35), easy to find at pharmacies, fast (results in 2 to 5 minutes), and easy to use. Many drugs such as benzodiazepines (i.e. Valium), barbiturates (i.e. Phenobarbital), amphetamines, methamphetamine, and opiates (i.e. heroin or morphine) can be accurately tested for in dogs. Unfortunately, human urine drug tests do not work well to test for marijuana in dogs. Dogs that ingest marijuana will often have falsely negative test results. These drug screens have not been closely evaluated in cats.

About Pet Poison Helpline
Pet Poison Helpline is a service available 24 hours, seven days a week for pet owners and veterinary staff that require assistance treating a potentially poisoned pet and can provide treatment advice for poisoning cases of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, large animals and exotic species. As the most cost-effective option for animal poison control care, Pet Poison Helpline’s fee of $35 per incident includes follow-up consultation for the duration of the poisoning case. It is available in North America by calling 800-213-6680. Additional information can be found online at www.petpoisonhelpline.com.

More in this package:
Illicit drug 1: Marijuana
Illicit drug 2: Amphetamines, including MDMA (Ecstasy)
Illicit drug 3: Cocaine or crack cocaine
Illicit drug 4: Heroin
Illicit drug 5: Hallucinogens


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