Marijuana Legalization Could Be Dangerous To Pets

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Animal Poison Control Center reported a 765 percent increase in the number of calls they have received concerning pot ingestion by animals this year as compared to last year.

As a result, the AVMA publicly announced the critical role of pet owners, as well as their responsibility, in ensuring how marijuana should be kept away from pets. Moreover, the organization’s member veterinarians have also observed an increase in marijuana intoxication among dogs and cats, two of the most common household pet.

In addition, the Pet Poison Helpline reported an increase of 400 percent in marijuana-related calls over the past six years.

Edible marijuana product, such as candy bars and brownies, are often the culprit in these distressed calls. Experts have noted that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is very concentrated up to the point that it can become dangerous to your pets.

Also, pet owners should be wary not only of the proper way of safekeeping these edible marijuana products but also when they are smoking pot near their pets. If pet owners are going to consume any form of cannabis, do so away from their furry friends.

The overall legalization of marijuana can pose a risk to the animal kingdom, all of which would start at home, with your pets. There is even an increase in the possibility that your dog may find a piece of edible marijuana product outdoors.

The good news is that there are ways to protect them. This risk can be greatly reduced by keeping your dogs on a leash. You can also prevent them from grazing while you are out on walks. Keep an eye for what they eat at all times. It is important that you should be wary of their actions. One of the hindrances in the communication between pet owners and their pets is that your furry friends talk to you not through words, but through actions.

With this in mind, pay attention if they are showing any signs of intoxication, such as off-balance, nervousness, drooling, dribbling, vocalizing and more. If you do notice these, immediately get them to a veterinarian.

Dogs Siberian Husky and German Shepherd pet dogs. Gavyn Caldwell/Pixabay