Medical marijuana is becoming more common in households. Its legalization is pervasive throughout the United States. Research shows that medical marijuana can be helpful for those who experience seizures and other health issues. But what about pets? If you’re wondering how marijuana affects pets, then this is a must-read. Because March is Pet Poison Awareness Month, then we’d like to shed some light on marijuana toxicity in pets.
How is Marijuana Poisonous to Pets?
Marijuana is poisonous to pets in various ways. One of the most common is second-hand smoke. Common symptoms include sedation or lethargy, dilated pupils, or eyes that appear glassy. Other symptoms include a dazed expression, trouble walking, or vomiting. Pets can also experience a low or high heart rate, agitation, difficulty with body temperature regulation, and many other symptoms. It can take a range of five minutes to twelve hours to recognize the signs that come from exposure to marijuana. Depending on the dosage, effects could last from 30 minutes to several days.
What Can Veterinarians Do to Help With Marijuana Toxicity?
There isn’t a true antidote for marijuana, but veterinarians can help give support to help the pet through clinical signs. What this means is that veterinarians can help regulate a pet’s temperature, making sure that they aren’t too hot or cold. They can also give them fluids to ensure that they stay hydrated. They can also provide anti-vomiting medication to help with the loss of fluid. Veterinarians can also monitor a pet’s heart rate to make sure that it stays stable. Also, because a pet may have trouble walking, a veterinarian can make sure that the pet stays comfortable and confined so that they do not hurt themselves.
Tips for Poison Prevention
Preventing marijuana toxicity is quite simple. Sometimes medical marijuana comes in an edible form. If this is the case, keep them out of reach of pets. If marijuana is smoked, then the pet needs to be in a well-ventilated area until the smoke clears.
For more Pet Poison Awareness tips, then make sure to read our blogs or give us a call. You can also give The Pet Poison Hotline or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center a call. They are experts in treating your pet if your pet has ingested a poisonous substance.
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