Don’t Let Your Pet Go to Pot

The legalization and prevalence of marijuana has sadly become a hazard for pets: veterinarians across the country are reporting a large spike in the numbers of companion animals they’re treating for cannabis intoxication. In fact, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center reports a 765% increase in the number of calls related to marijuana exposure.

It’s a serious problem because while people may just get high, cannabis can be toxic for pets, who see edibles as a tasty treat or become intoxicated from second-hand smoke. It doesn’t take a large amount of marijuana to poison pets, and while it’s rare, animals can die from an overdose. Symptoms of cannabis intoxication include:

  • Disorientation/difficulty walking
  • Glassy or dilated eyes
  • Extreme lethargy or sedation
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

It’s important that your pet see a veterinarian as soon as possible if you suspect marijuana intoxication. Also, be upfront with your vet if your animal companion possibly had access or exposure to marijuana in the home—the sooner they know what might have caused the illness, the quicker they can begin treatment.

Have questions about marijuana intoxication in pets? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at [HOSPITAL PHONE NUMBER].