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Recreational Marijuana – The Potential Downside

With more states legalizing marijuana it’s important to remember the possible side effects it may have on your pet. Something not everyone knows or thinks about is the intoxicating effects marijuana has on dogs. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the substance in marijuana that gives people the “high” effect – is toxic to dogs and can cause many health issues such was vomiting, sleepiness or excitation, low blood pressure, low body temperature, seizures and problems with coordination.

According to the AVMA, death is rare, but the number of marijuana poisonings among dogs has soared. The Pet Poison Helpline has reported a more than 400% increase in marijuana related calls over the past six years. While all marijuana products can be harmful, certain products such as edibles pose a larger threat because the THC is more highly concentrated.

Even if you don’t have marijuana in your home, legalization could increase the risk that your dog will find a discarded product outdoors. To reduce the risk, keep your pet on a leash and prevent them from grazing while out on walks. If a pet is showing any signs of marijuana toxicity – off-balance, rigid or nervous drooling, dribbling urine, vocalizing or having seizures – get them to a veterinarian as quickly as possible.

All information retrieved from, https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2019-07-08/one-downside-of-legalized-pot-poisoned-pets

 

 

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