What To Do When Your Pet Eats Weed?

When you’re a regular user and you have pets in the house, it may be possible for your furry little friends to gain access to your stash. However, when this happens, there is no need to panic. There are countless accounts of pets accidentally ingesting an edible or two. Seeing as pets are naturally curious and would put just about anything they see in their mouths, this might happen to you sooner or later. We have prepared this guide on what to expect as well as the course of action to take when this happens.

What happens to pets?

Pets react differently to cannabis compared to human beings. That is largely due to the stark differences in terms of size and anatomy. Pets rarely die from ingesting marijuana. However, it is still important to seek urgent veterinary care to remedy the situation. The cannabis compounds may not be fatal, but other ingredients in the product could be. For example, chocolate is popularly infused with marijuana and it is toxic ingredient for pets. Furthermore, strains with higher THC, specifically up to 90%, are more dangerous for dogs compared to other strains. Symptoms Of Marijuana Toxicity
  • Lack of body coordination
  • Extra sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises
  • Slower heart rate
  • Dribbling urine
  • Dilated pupils
  • High or low body temperature
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Tremors
  • Comatose
  • Seizures
  • Disorientation
  • Weird noises
  • Agitation or hyperactivity

Go To The Vet

Once you notice the aforementioned symptoms, it is best to call your pet’s veterinarian. There are pet owners that feel too embarrassed to do so but know that the accident is not necessarily a reflection of your bad parenting. Inform the vet of crucial information such as the strain, time of ingestion, form of cannabis product, quantity, brand, THC/CBD percentage, and a complete list of symptoms. Be honest and do not leave a single detail out as it could make the difference in your pet’s survival and recovery. A simple phone call could do a lot in terms of assessing the gravity of the situation. The vet may ask you to wait for further observation until your pet’s high wears off. More serious cases will call for a visit to the clinic. 

What Will The Vet Do?

The vet will perform a full evaluation of your pet to identify the extent of toxicity. They will check for organ function and perform tests such as blood work and urinalysis. Diagnostic imagery may be performed if the animal ate more than just the marijuana product. For worse cases, your pet may need to be hospitalized for cardiovascular support and administration of fluids.

How To Prevent It From Happening

Proper Storage

Keep your stash in a designated storage area that is out of reach of pets and children. Instead of leaving the products in their bags, you may add another layer of protection by placing the products inside Tupperware or similar containers. In this way, your pet won’t be able to break through and ingest the contents.

Stay Vigilant

In the instance you will eat edibles or smoke joints, you should still be vigilant. Your dog can easily grab a joint off the table or an edible from your hands. It is best to keep your pets in a separate room for extra precautions. Additionally, you must plan your post-session cleanup. Make sure everything is disposed of correctly and that the leftover products are stowed away in their respective places. Do not leave anything behind, even a wrapper.

Orient The Family

You reduce the chances of pets accidentally ingesting cannabis if the whole family can work together to prevent it from happening. As such, you must inform the whole family of the cannabis usage protocol. Everyone must be informed of the allocated storage. Every member should keep an eye out for the pets and ensure that they are maintaining a clear distance from marijuana. The family must be made aware of the symptoms of marijuana toxicity so that they can keep an eye out for their manifestations in your pet. You should also inform everyone of the phone numbers of the veterinarian in case of accidents. Know more about marijuana usage, tips, and more on DaiLeaf. Shop here for premium cannabis products to enjoy.

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