A dog named Coco caused a stir in the United States because he was treated to recover from a strong alcohol addiction that he developed while living with his owner in the city of Devon, Pennsylvania.
According to specialists and veterinarians, this is the first time they have carried out a treatment of this type to detoxify a pet.
This is how Coco, a two-year-old cross between a Labrador and another stray dog, was brought to the Woodside Animal Welfare Trust in Plympton after the death of her owner.
Along with Coco there was also another dog that had been attacked.
Despite the care of the staff, Coco's friend sadly died. However, Coco began the long road to recovery when she received treatment for alcohol withdrawal.
Rescue center staff kept Coco sedated for four weeks to prevent further seizures.
It is unknown how the dogs became addicted to alcohol. Nor how regularly he drank alcohol.
In a social media post, staff at Woodside Animal Rescue Trust said: "Canine alcohol withdrawal, a first for us."
They added: "We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Dunroamin Special Care Unit, a lovely boy called Coco. He has been with us for over a month and has needed intensive care since he arrived. His tragic story shows how vital our unit is. of special care".
They also noted that "after arriving with his canine companion following the death of his owner, he and his companion quickly became unwell. Coco's friend repeatedly fit in and soon after Coco began to do so as well.
"Fortunately, there was a veterinarian on site at the time who was able to administer emergency care, but unfortunately Coco's friend passed away despite our efforts," the veterinarians concluded.
"Coco was still seriously ill and required 24-hour care. It was clear that he was suffering from symptoms that pointed to alcohol withdrawal," specialists said online about the pet's problematic situation.
The truth is that Coco spent four weeks sedated to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and reduce the risk of new attacks.
"We are very grateful because we are now out of danger, Coco has stopped the medication and is starting to behave like a normal dog. He is not yet ready to be adopted and, although physically he seems to have recovered, mentally he is still very anxious at times," he says. the notice.
"Having the Dunroamin Unit has meant that he has been able to be cared for in a more homely environment and away from the main kennels. Coco's case merits this due to its severity."
"This has certainly made a difference in his recovery and overall well-being."
So far, no one knows how these dogs got into the situation with alcohol, but the canine doctors made one thing clear: "We know that without our care, Coco probably would not have survived this ordeal."
"Coco's Hard Story: The Alcoholic Pennsylvania Dog Who Entered a Sober Living Clinic".
It is not known how Coco developed his addiction, but veterinarians believe that Coco drank every day with his owner.