Pot lovers, beware: Your favorite drug could kill your pet. Candace Braden, the owner of a 4-year-old boxer/blue heeler mix named Finn, had to learn this lesson the hard way when she brought Finn to a party in January and he accidentally ate a pot cookie, according to a report.
Braden told The Coloradoan she found Finn “stiff and unresponsive” the morning after the party and realized later he was suffering from marijuana toxicity.
“His jaw was locked. His brown eyes, barely open, couldn’t register his owner’s panicked face. He was high,” the outlet reported of the dog owner’s terrifying experience. “I was pretty much having a nervous breakdown,” Braden told the paper. “It’s really scary to see your baby like that.”
She rushed the typically friendly and energetic pup to an emergency animal hospital when he started to “seize” and “dribble urine.”
Finn was being tested to determine what had poisoned him and Braden realized the dog must’ve accidentally ingested a marijuana-laden “edible” at the party the night before.
She said partygoers were eating weed cookies and one of her friends stuffed one in their pocket, where Finn apparently found it and gobbled it down, the report stated.
Marijuana Affects Dogs Differently Than Humans
It’s toxic for dogs and could be fatal in large doses. “The lethargy and fogginess that might make a pot brownie fun for a human can render a dog incapable of basic functions. In rare cases … a dog can undergo gradual paralysis and die,” the outlet wrote, adding that fatal cases are rare.
Finn was given charcoal to help him vomit out the pot, and 12 hours and $1,000 in vet bills later, he was safe to go home. Braden said six weeks later Finn is back to his normal, “happy-go-lucky self with no lasting effects.”
When formulated the right way, medical marijuana can actually help pets, according to reports. Some veterinarians have created medical marijuana products that are safe for pets — and owners report it’s helped cats and dogs that suffer from nerves, chronic pain and mood disorders.
But these are specially designed products with dosage prescribed by a veterinarian. They don’t have a high presence of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant that makes humans and pets high, and consist primarily of CBD, the medicinal chemical of the plant that doesn’t have psychoactive effects.
Despite the mounting body of evidence showing marijuana to be extremely beneficial for people suffering from things like cancer, chronic pain and depression, research shows users need to take extreme care in storing their medicine and recreational pot in a place animals can’t access.
The Coloradoan reported veterinarians at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation, about 60 miles north of Denver, see between five and 10 cases per week of marijuana toxicity in dogs. They also cited a 2012 study in which researchers found a positive correlation between marijuana toxicity cases in dogs and medical marijuana licenses in Colorado.
Veterinarians recommend bringing any animal that might have ingested marijuana to an animal hospital as soon as possible and to not fear any repercussions.
Content Originally Published By: Gabrielle Fonrouge @ New York Post