If you know your dog has consumed weed, call your vet right away or the ASPCA emergency poison hotline. Dr. Robert Proietto, a veterinarian in New York City, told The Dodo, “It is also important to tell the veterinarian the truth.” Make sure to be up front and be honest so they can treat your dog to the best of their ability. No vet or member of the ASPCA is going to call the police.
Once you see a vet or speak to the ASPCA, they can help you determine the severity by taking important information such as:
1) Finding out what your pet ingested. Did they eat a joint? Inhale second-hand smoke? Consume an edible? Did the edible also contain chocolate?
2) How much did they consume?
3) How long ago did they consume it? The signs of marijuana ingestion become apparent typically within 30 minutes to three hours of ingestion.
4) More information about your dog: The amount of time marijuana stays in the body is unique to each dog. Some factors include amount consumed as well as the breed, size, age and health of the dog.
Once they have this information they will have a better idea of what you should do next.
You may be wondering what’s so bad about weed? Aren’t there CBD products for dogs? There are some CBD products that may be safe in appropriate dosages, for an example, when it comes to treating pain or anxiety or inflammation. However high levels of THC can be potentially toxic or even fatal to pets: three grams of THC per kilogram of a dog’s weight can apparently be a lethal dose, and smaller amounts can still be dangerous.
If you think your dog has gotten into your stash, it’s important to know the signs. These can include
3) Low heart rate
4) Dilated pupils
6) Lethargy and
While more severe signs include
8) Seizures and
The sooner you recognize these signs, the sooner they can get help. Tina Wismer, medical director at the ASPCA animal poison control center, told The Dodo “Some animals will only act a little ‘stoned’ (wobbly, lethargic) and they can possibly be managed at home.” But you won’t know for sure until you speak with a professional at the ASPCA or your local vet for courses of action.Luckily, “Most of the pets do very well with treatment,” Dr. Proietto said, which includes vomiting and giving IV fluids. He added “it is sometimes the most expensive marijuana that people buy after they get their veterinary bill.” So while most dogs recover from marijuana poisoning within 3-12 hours once treatment begins, it is best for the sake of your pet and your wallet to avoid this scenario altogether to the best of your ability.
Nobody plans for these things to happen but sometimes accidents happen. Be careful where you store weed and other products and do not smoke near your dog and never give your dog medical marijuana until first consulting with a vet. You have no idea what you’re giving them, especially in a state where medical marijuana is illegal. Just like how humans wouldn’t take medication for themselves until first speaking with a doctor.
It’s important to stay calm and know what to do to take action. Although there may be a vet bill, it is always better to be safe than sorry. And maybe, keep your stash in a safer spot out of paws’ reach next time.
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