Pets are curious. They know every inch of your house and they can and will get into anything that seems edible, including your weed. Vancouver pet owners should know the signs of cannabis toxicity in their pets so they can provide prompt treatment and care.
Signs of Cannabis Toxicity
Pets metabolize weed differently from humans. They don’t get high; they just get sick and even small amounts can be dangerous for pets. In fact, a lot of pets that end up eating weed in Vancouver, find discards along trails and in parks, not in their owners’ homes. Even this discarded weed can negatively impact your pet, so keep an eye out both in and out of the home!
Here are some signs that your pet may have ingested marijuana:
- dazed expression
- glassy eyes
- slow response time
- dribbling urine
- seizure-like movements
- excessive saliva production
- abnormally fast or slow heartbeat
As with humans, the likelihood of a pet actually dying from ingesting marijuana is very low. Still, depending on what your pet eats and how much of it that they eat, the effects can be scary and traumatizing for you and your pet. A half-burnt joint may not cause too strong of a reaction, but an edible can cause a much more worrying reaction.
Another concern isn’t necessarily the weed, but what the weed was in. Chocolate and Xylitol, for example, are highly toxic to dogs and both are commonly used in marijuana edibles.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association provides more information about pets and marijuana here.
Protect Your Pet from Eating Weed In Vancouver
If your pet does eat weed in Vancouver, call your vet right away. Be honest about what happened; don’t try to hide the fact that the pet ate marijuana or treatment can be affected. In many cases, your vet will probably tell you to keep an eye on your pet and just wait it out, but in more serious cases you may have to visit the vet in person.
To protect your pet from eating weed in the first place, always keep your stash secured and tucked away where the pet cannot get to it. Throw away all wrappers, papers, and containers once you’re done with them. If you’re out and about, keep an eye on your pet and what he or she may be nosing around. Don’t let him or her eat anything off the ground. With marijuana more accessible than ever, there’s bound to be more homemade edibles that could get tossed in the trash or left on the ground. There’s even the possibility that someone will intentionally leave marijuana products or edibles where they know there is a chance an animal can get into them just for “fun”.
With common sense and a little extra vigilance, you can safely consume marijuana and keep your pet out of it.