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Your Dog and Marijuana

The legalization of marijuana has wrought many changes here in Colorado. One that many people may not be aware of is the fact that incidents of marijuana ingestion in pets—particularly dogs—has skyrocketed in recent years. Read on as a local Aurora, CO vet discusses marijuana and Man’s Best Friend.

Effects

The effects of marijuana on dogs varies from pup to pup. Some dogs are much more sensitive to it than others are. The amount ingested also has an effect. Some pooches may seem to stagger, as though they are off-balance. Disorientation is another common symptom: Fido may seem dizzy, and could have trouble walking. He may also whimper or bark in an uncharacteristic manner. In more severe cases, ingestion can cause comas in our canine buddies. Keep in mind that your four-legged pal won’t understand what is happening to him, and may be very frightened by the experience.

Ingestion

Man’s Best Friend is most likely to ingest marijuana in one of its edible forms. As we all know, Fido has a very healthy appetite, and will eat pretty much anything he can get his paws on. Brownies are especially dangerous, because they contain chocolate, which is highly toxic to our canine friends. Many kinds of nuts are also unsafe for dogs.

Veterinary Treatment

If you know or suspect that your pooch has ingested marijuana, contact your vet immediately. Many people are uneasy about telling their vets what Fido ate. However, it’s in both yours and your pet’s best interest to explain exactly what happened. This will make the treatment process faster. Because marijuana ingestion often has the same symptoms as other medical issues, this can also greatly reduce the amount of tests your vet needs to run. Specific home care and treatment options will vary from case to case. Ask your vet for more information.

Prevention

Luckily, some simple precautions can greatly reduce the chances of your furry best friend accidentally ingesting marijuana. If you do partake, be sure to keep your products in secure places, where your pup can’t reach them. Also, never give your canine pal marijuana deliberately. (Note: here in Colorado, this is actually considered cruelty to animals, which is illegal and can actually carry a felony charge.)

Please feel free to contact us, your Aurora, CO pet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!

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