May 30, 2018

Things we hadn't started worrying about yet

News Center Maine  - Recreational marijuana is now legal in Maine, but that doesn't mean it's safe for your pets. Veterinarians all over the state are seeing more cases of animals, dogs in particular, ingesting their owner's marijuana. At Maine Veterinary Medical Center in Scarborough, there are as many as five patients a week that are admitted after eating the drug, according to Dr. Kate Domenico.

"They have a low heart rate and they still wag their tale and act like they are relatively normal mentally," said Dr. Domenico. "Some dogs will even come in somewhat comatose, so that would be the most extreme." Jack the French Bull Dog.

Diarrhea and vomiting are other signs that a dog will show after eating marijuana. Most come out of the high after 24 hours, but some of the worst reactions seen at Maine Veterinary Medical Center have taken up to three days to recover. Dr. Domenico says that an antidote called Intralipid is used to help pets come out of their high faster.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They sell CBD dog biscuits at dispensaries in my state. A family friend buys them for her old dog and it makes the old guy much happier because his arthritis doesn't hurt so bad. CBD in modest amounts is safe and effective for controlling pain in dogs, and cats too.

I had an old cat, and he would come up to me crying and shaking his foot wanting me to blow cannabis vapor(I don't smoke) at him, because he had arthritis and it gave him pain relief. He figured it out on his own, just by hanging out in the same room with me when I medicated. He would cry to be let in if I had the door closed and he smelled it.

That said, dogs will eat THC edibles and sometimes even eat flower, or worse for the dog, concentrates, which is where I suspect a lot of these dogs have such problems. A gram of 70% THC concentrate in one go would be quite difficult for an adult human to manage, and much worse for a 15 pound dog.