Study Shows Dog Marijuana Intoxication on the Rise

Source: Haus of Paws

According to a veterinary study in Colorado published in Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, there is an increase in the number of dogs treated for marijuana intoxication between 2005 and 2010. Over the past five years Pet Poison Helpline has experienced a 200% increase in the number of cases for pets that have ingested marijuana.

This increase is due to the legalization of marijuana.

Can your pet die from marijuana poisoning? Yes, but is very rare. Over the past five years, no marijuana-related deaths in pets have been reported to Pet Poison Helpline.

Signs of marijuana poisoning in dogs and cats include glassy-eyes, stumbling, dilated pupils, vomiting, coma, and in about 25 percent of dogs, agitation and excitement. Urinary incontinence or urine dribbling is also very common, especially in dogs. Serious effects include changes in heart rate, coma, tremors, and seizures. The signs typically begin 30 to 60 minutes after ingestion, or sooner if inhaled.

The Pet Poison Helpline will not report pet owners for marijuana ingestion. The veterinary staff at Pet Poison Helpline is primarily concerned about the well-being of the pet. They ask only that pet owners are truthful and communicate exactly what the pet was exposed to, so they can quickly identify the poisoning and treat it as soon as possible.

 
Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour animal poison control service available throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet.
 
 
 
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