Since the rise of marijuana being legal in various states across the nation, more animals have ingested this weed and ending up in their vet’s office. According to veterinary clinics, they have seen more cases of animals accidentally ingesting recreational marijuana and approximately 97% are dogs.
It’s not really clear how many of these dogs accidentally consumed weed or whether owners are just concerned if their pet actually did eat marijuana or not. Either way, it’s really important that dog owners know the signs if their pets are in harm’s way from marijuana.
The Symptoms Owners Should Recognize If Their Dog Eats Marijuana:
Whether your dog inhales second-hand smoke from marijuana or grabs a marijuana brownie off the counter, you need to know the signs. To ensure your dog stays healthy and safe, no food laced with marijuana should be anywhere near them and you should not smoke the substance in the same room or even the same house.
The Symptoms Your Dog Will Show:
- Breathing problems
- Low blood pressure
- Abnormal heartbeats
- Loss of balance
- The loss of restraint for urinating
What Should I Do If My Dog Has Consumed Marijuana?
Contact your vet as soon as possible. Your vet will try to induce vomiting to remove anything eaten. If your dog is really lethargic, the THC from the marijuana is already in their bloodstream, you should try to induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide.
Your vet will probably keep your dog for a short period of time and watch for seizures and give them fluids to try and clear out their system much faster. Seizures can happen if your dog has consumed a large amount of the drug. At this point, it’s a matter of just watching and waiting.
This is not just for dogs who have consumed marijuana. If your dog has consumed something else, but you don’t know what, get your dog to your vet as quickly as possible.
Will Weed Kill My Dog?
The chances are slim unless they consumed a very large amount. Recent studies have shown that a dog’s reaction to cannabis in legalized states, 2 out of 125 have died. The most common ingestion is cannabis butter extract which is extremely toxic to dogs. Your vet will probably ask several questions to determine if your dog consumed weed or some other substance such as chocolate. If your dog is getting on in years, is sick or really small, you should be very aware what your pet consumes.
Can I Give Marijuana To My Dog For Pain Relief?
You should never, ever give your dog anything that has THC! Cannabidiol (CBD) might be an option which is a compound found in the flowers of cannabis. CBD has been used for thousands of years for curing many disorders. THC, on the other, hand, causes the effect of feeling high.
Because CBD is not psychoactive, it can possibly help your dog with certain discomforts associated with inflammation, anxiety, chronic pain, etc.
The bottom line, unless recommended by your vet, keep anything toxic, such as marijuana, away from your dog and definitely bring your pet to your vet as quickly as possible. If you consume recreational marijuana, it’s really important you make sure all consumed items are kept far away from your pets.
The makeup of your dog’s brain and nervous system are not just like yours. You could cause a great deal of harm and in some cases, could cost them their lives. Your pets rely on you for protection so do the right thing by them, just like children. Take good care of your dog so you can both have many wonderful years together!