I’m not here to throw any shade at marijuana smokers. If you smoke, you smoke. However, it’s imperative that if you do so you are responsible with it, which may seem sort of oxymoronic but let’s be honest, marijuana legalization is becoming a thing. If you have it legally or not, make sure you at least keep it out of reach of those to whom it can do harm. This includes dogs.
That being said, accidents do happen, so if your pup gets into your stash, remember these basic things to ensure your dog is safe and being cared for in an emergency situation of over-consumption and overdose.
Observe Your Pet
Some pets may only become slightly wobbly or lethargic, but this isn’t the pass to relax. Three grams of THC (the reactive ingredient in pot) per two pounds of your dog’s weight can be lethal. That’s a lot of weed, to be fair, and probably more than your dog would ever eat. However, smaller amounts may still lead to seizures or comas, so in the event your dog starts exhibiting these symptoms you should get your dog to a vet immediately. Additionally, medical-grade marijuana can contain far more THC and take much less to be dangerous for dogs. That’s why it’s so important to keep it out of reach.
Try To Determine When The Marijuana Was Consumed
For one of our readers they came home from work to find their Pug acting very strange. It took about an hour for him to realize that his pup had eaten a joint that his roommate had left sitting on a table while he was at work. He questioned the roommates to find out when the joint was eaten. His roommate told him that his pup had been acting strange all day long so he determined that the dog had most likely eaten the marijuana much earlier in the day and was on the tail end of the effects of the marijuana consumption. Had it been discovered earlier he may have been able to take his pup to the vet for treatment but at this point, he decided to monitor the pup, feed him a nice greasy meal of scrambled eggs and keep him well hydrated. Had the symptoms he was witnessing been more severe, he would have gone to the vet immediately.
Remove Further Chance Of Risks
This should have been step one, but if you’re already asking it may already be too late. Make sure your drugs are always out of reach of children and pets. This is the most important move and the most efficient way to ensure your pets stay safe.
A stray joint left on a coffee table can be consumed by a small dog and make them very high. Trust me, we’ve seen it. It may not even be your joint. As illustrated above, your roommate or a friend may not realize the danger and risks and could leave marijuana sitting out somewhere in your home, so make sure everyone living in and visiting your home understands the dangers and risks involved with leaving marijuana out and is willing to take precautions to keep your pup safe.
Be Aware Of The Signs Of Marijuana Consumption In Dogs
You may notice the slightest change in behavior for your dog but if you live with roommates, they may not be as in tune with your pup as you are. If you cohabitate with others, as many young people do, and you have to work long hours, assign a trusted caretaker to keep an eye on your pet when you are at work. Discuss the effects of marijuana consumption in dogs so that they know what to look out for. Make sure all of your roommates know where your vet is and have the phone number in the event of an emergency when you are not home.
Take Your Dog To The Vet
If you have determined that your dog needs to see a vet, do it right away. If your dog starts to have seizures or becomes comatose/unresponsive, take them to the vet immediately. These may be signs of overdose poisoning, and at this point, your vet is the only one that can successfully treat your dog.
Tell The Truth
Your vet will inevitably ask you if your dog consumed any substances. Tell the truth. It’s not your vet’s job to report you to the authorities, but it is their job to save your pet. They can’t do this if you don’t tell them what happened.
We hope this helps! If you have any tips or questions, let us know in the comments below!
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