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  • Writer's pictureSuzanna Thallman

What Should You Do If Your Pet Consumes Cannabis?

What to do if your pet consumes cannabis

When becoming a pet owner, you sign up for a lot of responsibilities. A major responsibility is ensuring your pet's health and safety remain a top priority at all times. As accidents happen all the time, it's important that you are prepared for all kinds of situations that may arise. If you are a medical marijuana patient, there are some things you should know if your pet accidentally gets into your stash!

Safe For Humans, Not For Pets

Many pet owners are familiar with the benefits that CBD has for pets, but medical cannabis is a little different. Although cannabis is deemed safe for humans, there has not yet been a level that has been declared safe for animals to consume. Similar to people, all animals react to cannabis differently. Since there is no way to measure how much cannabis is safe for all pets, it is considered a danger to their health. Both humans and animals break down cannabis in the body the same way, although this does not make it safe. Dogs are known to be more sensitive to cannabis than other pets because dogs have more cannabinoid receptors in their brain than other animals. This results in making the entire experience much more extreme and even toxic depending on what they ate and how much.

There have not been many deaths reported from cannabis use in pets, but sadly it does still happen. Most of these deaths have been reported from their pet consuming cannabis in the form of edibles or smoke/inhalation. It doesn’t take much cannabis to affect your pet, which is why safe storage is important.

If your pet does accidentally get their paws on your medical marijuana, it's important that you know all of the specifics to determine the severity of the situation and if your pet will need veterinary care. Here are some things to consider:

  • How much did they consume?

  • What did they eat?

  • How old are they?

  • What size is your pet?

  • Any other health issues?

  • How soon did you take them to a professional to have your pet examined?

When is it time to consult a veterinarian?

  • How is your pet acting? Are they stumbling or being more clumsy than usual?

  • Are they vomiting or dehydrated?

  • Any uncontrolled drooling?

  • Elevated heart rate?

The first thing you should do if you suspect your pet has gotten into your stash, is to remain calm, you don’t want to stress out your furry friend more! Keep a close eye on your pet to see if they show any of the side effects mentioned above that could require immediate medical attention. All pet owners can agree that accidents are bound to happen however, if your pet invades your stash to your, we want to ensure you know exactly how to handle it!

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Nelly Johnson
Nelly Johnson
Nov 10, 2020

Personally, I won't recommend cannabis for pets if its for recreation but if its for medical reasons then I'm in for it. Just be safe and consult your vets before administering it to your pets.

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