How Safe Is Medical Marijuana For Pets?

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The topic of whether medical marijuana is safe for pets is one that requires a lot of research, regulation, and science based education. The status of marijuana for people itself is in flux. The effects of marijuana on your pets vary greatly from pet to pet. Just like in people, dogs and cats also have different reactions to marijuana. Here are a few commonly asked questions regarding marijuana and pets.

Are Pets Capable Of Getting High?

Simply put, yes, it is possible. Pets can get high from three different ways. These are:

  • Secondhand smoke – when you smoke, it isn’t just you, it affects but the people or in this case, animals around you.
  • Ingesting marijuana buds or leaves – animals are usually curious creatures and they’ll usually want a taste of that curious looking, pungent smelling, plant you have lying around.
  • Ingesting food that has marijuana in it – animals can get high from cookies, butter and other food that you’ve laced with weed.
What Happens To Your Pet After He Eats Weed?

The obvious answer to this question is, he gets high. It’s not toxic in any way so it doesn’t poison your pet. Although a little weed here and there is practically harmless, too much weed ingestion can be fatal.Here are some of the effects that weed could have on dogs when consumed at moderate to high volumes:

  • Lethargy
  • Low blood pressure
  • Heart rhythm abnormalities
  • Loss of balance
  • Breathing problems
  • Urinary incontinence
How Safe Is Marijuana For Dogs?

There have been some documented cases where dogs have had longer lifespans because of marijuana usage. There has been very little if any research into the study of marijuana for dogs. So the answer to whether marijuana is good, safe, or bad for dogs still remains unclear.

Is It Poisonous?

As with humans, it effects different animals in different ways. The risk of your dog getting poisoned by weed is moderate to severe. Too much marijuana at a time can even be fatal. Here are some symptoms your dog might have if he ate some marijuana by mistake. If your dog is displaying more than one of these symptoms, call your vet immediately.

  • Walking drunkenly
  • Depression
  • Coma
  • Lethargy
  • Low blood pressure and heart rate
  • Respiratory depression
  • Coma
  • Dilated pupils
  • Vocalization
  • Hyperactivity
  • Seizures
How Safe Is Medical Marijuana?

In some cases, medical marijuana and certain oils laced with marijuana have been known to decrease nausea, help with arthritis, and provide relief for cancer. Although some stores sell treats laced with marijuana for dogs, the safety of these treats are yet to be determined. Different animals react differently so research into this field is also going to be a tricky one.

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