Treatment of accidental ethanol intoxication with hemodialysis in a dog

J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2011 Aug;21(4):363-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2011.00652.x. Epub 2011 Jun 27.


Objective: To describe the successful treatment of accidental ethanol intoxication with hemodialysis in a dog.

Case summary: A 1.5-year-old female intact mixed breed dog was presented in a comatose state believed to be due to ethanol intoxication. The initial 9 hours of supportive care treatment were complicated by multiple seizures and hypothermia, and resulted in only minimal improvement in the dog's level of consciousness. Hemodialysis was implemented and resulted in rapid clinical recovery, corresponding to a rapid decline in serum ethanol concentration.

New or unique information provided: To the authors' knowledge, this is the first reported case of using hemodialysis to treat accidental ethanol intoxication in a dog. The patient's initial serum ethanol concentration was higher than those previously reported for cases of accidental ethanol intoxication in dogs, and the serum ethanol concentration was shown to rapidly decline during hemodialysis. Treatment with hemodialysis for severe ethanol intoxication was effective in this case and may be able to decrease morbidity and mortality in some cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholic Intoxication / therapy
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / veterinary*
  • Animals
  • Dog Diseases / chemically induced*
  • Dog Diseases / therapy*
  • Dogs
  • Ethanol / blood
  • Ethanol / poisoning*
  • Female
  • Renal Dialysis / veterinary*


  • Ethanol