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Pets and Pot
Sunday, June 10, 2018
  By: Kingsdale Animal Hospital  In: Pet Health

Pets and Pot

As medical and recreational marijuana is becoming more prevalent in our society, we have been seeing a few more pets present with signs of marijuana toxicity. Pets, especially dogs, have been known to find and ingest the seeds, leaves, oils, or joints which may lead to toxicity. If you use marijuana remember to throw out any remains into a garbage that your dog cannot get in to and avoid leaving it lying around. Clinical signs typically appear about 30 to 90 minutes after ingestion and may last several days. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana is stored in the fat in an animal's body and may take a few days to be excreted. Even small amounts of pot can produce clinical signs in animals!

The most common clinical signs are incoordination, imbalance, dilated pupils, slow heart rate, and urinary incontinence. Pets may be leaking urine or wet their bed. They may be stumbling around or have difficulty walking. Treatment is recommended to prevent further progression of lethargy and injury due to incoordination.

As more marijuana products become available, there is also a risk of pets ingestion marijuana laced baked goods and candies. The THC in the marijuana may interact with the other ingredients, including chocolate or xylitol and may result in other toxic effects. It is always best to give us a call (905) 833-5401 if your pet has ingested anything toxic or suspicious. If it happens after we are closed, we recommend you call either Vaughan-Richmond Hill Vet Emergency Clinic at (905) 884-1832 or the 404 Vet Emergency Clinic in Newmarket at (905) 953-1933.

What about CBD (cannabidiol) oil and treats for dogs?

Although there is a growing field of research into the therapeutic effects of CBD in humans, there is currently little research into the therapeutic effects in animals. At this time, there is no CBD product approved by Health Canada for animals. Veterinarians cannot legally prescribe any CBD products in Ontario at this time.

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