Pot and Pets

Legal recreational marijuana is coming to Canada on July 1st and there has been much talk about what constitutes impaired driving under this drug. However, one important point not getting nearly as much attention is how it can adversely affect pets.

Now that marijuana will be as prominent in some households as alcohol, safety concerns need to be considered. Children are often the first thought, but what would happen if your dog ate some pot?

Marijuana toxicity is a real concern when it comes to animals. Some people have tried to get their animals high by blowing smoke in their face. However, pot doesn’t make dogs more relaxed, it makes them quite ill.

On the low end of the scale, a dog that ingests pot can become extremely confused, leading to much barking and hyperactivity. More serious side effects include seizures and tremors, and possibly even a coma and death. Cats are also in danger, but as they are more selective about what they eat than dogs, there are fewer cases of toxicity in felines.

Even if you don’t have children, take the same care with your marijuana. Do not ever leave it out in the open where an animal could come along and eat it. Store your pot in drawers or cabinets that your pets cannot enter.

When high, we are often forgetful, so only take out as much marijuana as you plan to use at one time. That way, you will not end up leaving out some in a spot your pets can easily access.

Cannabis edibles will likely not be legally available in Canada for another year, but these are even riskier as they look and smell like regular treats. Once again, make sure they are put away safely and do not take down more than you plan to use.

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