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December 29, 2011 at 10:01 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Consumption of Marijuana Increases in Dogs

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

Welcome to this week’s The Kibble. It’s going to be a strange one as you may have gathered from the title. Let's get to it. 



They are eating it? Yes.

Since medical marijuana has become increasingly more available, the chance of your dog getting into your stash has risen too.

“We used to see maybe one case a year,” said Stacee Santi, a veterinarian at Riverview Animal Hospital, Now we’re seeing a couple a month.

According to a study, dogs account for 96% of all exposures to the drug. Cats seem to not be so fond of the stuff because only 3% of them decided to ingest it and the other 1% are other household pets or animals.

“Dogs love the stuff," Jennifer Schoedler, a Durango veterinarian said, "I've seen them eat the buds, plants, joints and marijuana in food."

One veterinarian in San Francisco says he sees pets that are “stoned” an a habitual basis,

“Serious, long-term health consequences and fatality from marijuana intoxication are essentially unheard of,” Barchas said, “However, pets that are exposed to marijuana may display anxiety and are prone to ‘bad trips.’ They may lack the coordination to consume food and water.”

Even though it can be a little humorous to think about dogs getting into marijuana, it can cause indigestion. Owners should be aware of what indigestion can look like. Whether their pet may have access to getting into marijuana or something else they shouldn’t eat.Signs of animal indigestion include: inability to walk or difficulty walking, vomiting, urinary incontinence, and diarrhea.

With the frequency of dogs eating marijuana increasing, pet owners with medical marijuana should probably be more careful with where they stash it.

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