In Durango, Colorado, every month about two dogs are poisoned with marijuana. Medical marijuana access has expanded, so dogs are exposed to more of it. Generally marijuana consumption by dogs doesn’t cause long-term health problems or deaths, but it does hinder their ability to walk, eat or drink properly. Once a dog eats marijuana, he typically requires professional care. The marijuana effect depends upon the size of the dog, the amount they ate and the marijuana’s concentration.
Medical marijuana is often placed in foods as a delivery method, which dogs can easily be attracted to, so sometimes they are consuming their owners’ medical marijuana accidentally. A variety of foods are offered with marijuana; there is even a marijuana dispensary restaurant in Colorado called Ganja Gourmet offering brownies, medicated pizza, and pot pies.
A veterinarian named Eric Barchas wrote on this website the symptoms of marijuana pet poisoning can be: “Anxiety, panting, and agitation commonly occur following exposure to marijuana. In some pets, marijuana toxicity results in profound lethargy that can border on unconsciousness.”
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