Spokane veterinary clinics stay vigilant for possible opioid abusers

SPOKANE, Wash. — Officials with the Federal Drug Administration say opioid addicts are hurting their pets on purpose to get their hands-on painkillers.

Dr. Suzanne Coulson at SouthCare Animal Medical Center says this isn’t something the clinic sees often.

“We kind of have to use our judgment. And if we get that nagging feeling that this might be diverted, this is not going to the pet, it may be going to the owner, the owner may be selling it,” Coulson said.