As the legalization of cannabis spreads throughout the United States, it’s important for pet parents to understand the risks of cannabis exposure for their furry friends. While it may seem like a fun idea to share your stash with your pet, it’s important to know that cannabis exposure can have serious health consequences for pets. Is cannabis poisonings in big cities on the rise? There is evidence to suggest that cannabis poisonings, including pet poisonings, are on the rise. According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology, the number of reported cannabis-related poisonings in the United States increased by 30% between 2013 and 2017. Additionally, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reported a 300% increase in calls related to pet poisoning from marijuana between 2016 and 2022. How unusual is this? Should it be a surprise? The increasing incidence of cannabis poisonings may not be entirely surprising given the growing popularity of cannabis use and legalization efforts across the United States. However, the specific increase in pet poisonings is somewhat unusual, as many people may not realize the potential risks of exposing their pets to cannabis products. The availability of edibles and increasing accessibility of cannabis products may also contribute to this trend. Are we seeing more cases of this? Yes, there is evidence to suggest that the number of cannabis-related poisonings, including pet poisonings, is increasing. The reasons for this trend may include increased availability of cannabis products, changes in laws and regulations regarding cannabis use, and a general lack of awareness about the risks of cannabis exposure. How dangerous is cannabis poisoning to a dog? Can it be fatal? What are the symptoms? Cannabis poisoning can be dangerous to dogs, and in severe cases, it can be fatal. The symptoms of cannabis poisoning in dogs can include lethargy, ataxia (loss of coordination), vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and seizures. In severe cases, dogs may experience respiratory depression, coma, or death. The severity of symptoms will depend on factors such as the amount of cannabis ingested, the potency of the product, and the size and age of the dog. Do dogs get high like people? Yes, dogs can experience the effects of cannabis exposure and get “high.” However, the effects may differ from those experienced by humans due to differences in the endocannabinoid system between dogs and humans. Dogs may be more susceptible to the negative effects of cannabis exposure, and the effects may vary depending on the dose, the potency of the product, and the individual dog’s tolerance and susceptibility. As responsible pet parents, it’s our duty to keep our furry companions safe from harm. By following these tips and keeping cannabis products out of reach, we can ensure our pets stay happy and healthy. Remember, when it comes to cannabis and pets, it’s always better to err on the side of caution. For the Best that Pet Lifestyle and Animal Welfare has to offer follow Wendy Diamond on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and right here at AnimalFair.com!
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