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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

More Pets Are Suffering from Marijuana Overdoses

Posted by on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

A veterinarian at an emergency clinic recently told my partner that roughly one-third of the pets in crisis he sees nowadays suffer from marijuana poisoning. Komo's reporting seems to support this anecdotal evidence:

Dr. Jennifer Waldrop, critical care specialist at the ACCES clinics in Seattle and Renton, said known cases of toxic reactions to marijuana have increased from two in 2009 to 35 in 2012. And, those are only the cases where vets are certain the dogs ate marijuana. Waldrop said there are many more mysterious toxicity cases where pot could be the culprit.

Waldrop said the increase in dogs eating pot can be attributed to the rise in marijuana use, both medical and recreational. She also said more people are reporting their dogs eating pot now that marijuana use is legal and less stigmatized.

If your pet starts twitching, drooling copiously, vomiting, or, you know, falls into a coma, take them to a vet immediately. Especially it you've got marijuana lying around the house.


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Will in Seattle 1
I think this might be correlated with people not storing things out of sight in odorless sealed containers, now that they're not worried about the cops.

It's like cigarettes or hard liquor - don't leave them out where your kids or pets can get at them!

Put them on a high shelf out of reach.

And, no, it's not funny posting those vids of your pet or kid getting stoned. Ever.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM · Report this
schmacky 2
A third??? Jesus.
Posted by schmacky on May 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM · Report this
My dog has gotten into the stash several times. I was glad to find much research on the internet about dogs who ate much more than mine did and did not overdose (including a small dog that ate a third of his weight in hash). It is VERY rare for a pet to fall into a coma (catatonia is common, though), and almost unheard of for a healthy pet to die from eating too much pot. So, y'know, sensationalism and all that.
Posted by FriscoDingo on May 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM · Report this
Dougsf 4
What really happened to Steve French.
Posted by Dougsf on May 22, 2013 at 1:58 PM · Report this
Personally, I'd be more worried about dogs getting into OTC Advil, Aleve, Tylenol, etc., which pretty much everyone has in their home.

All that stuff is quickly toxic to a dog, people often keep it relatively unsecured, and "child-proof" containers are very similar to all those treat toys where you load up a hard plastic container with treats and let the dog push it around until the rattly treats inside work their way out a small hole. If a dog's used to playing with one of those, and discovers a bottle of Aleve, it'll make a simliar sound, and a few minutes of determined chewing will break the bottle enough for the pills to come out.
Posted by tiktok on May 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM · Report this
The Establishment 6
I don't doubt the rise in poisoning incidences is due to our society's relaxing stance towards pot. However, the high rate of occurrence is likely just due to the simple fact that many pet owners don't understand that many substances that are easily digestible by (or at least benign to) humans can be highly toxic to certain animals.

Most people know that chocolate is toxic to dogs, but did you know that onions, grapes and macadamia nuts are also toxic to them?

You wouldn't leave chocolate laying around for your dog to get into. Don't leave pot laying around for your dog to get into.
Posted by The Establishment on May 22, 2013 at 2:07 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 7
With respect, Dr. Waldrop doesn't have access to any data that backs up the assertion that "the increase in dogs eating pot can be attributed to the rise in marijuana use, both medical and recreational." That is just her speculating.

I mean, she may very well be correct, but her guess as to why she sees this uptick in cannabis poisoning is only as good as mine or anyone else's. KOMO makes it sound is though she is an authority on the consequences of legalization.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on May 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM · Report this
That is why you should keep your herb in a glass jar. Dogs can smoke weed though they cant eat it. Cats could probably eat herb and be fine. It would be like some good catnip to them.
Posted by S T on May 22, 2013 at 2:24 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 9
I don't buy this. People have been smoking pot for a long time. This story is fishy.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on May 22, 2013 at 2:33 PM · Report this
The Establishment 10
@8: You are an idiot. Please don't spread bullshit.

See: Treating Marijuana Toxicity
Posted by The Establishment on May 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM · Report this
stinky 11
This sounds like my dog on a good day. Any other hints?
Posted by stinky on May 22, 2013 at 2:39 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 12
I worked at a vet. We had a few cases of dogs eating extreme amounts of pot. None of them had any side effects whatsoever except lethargy. This is completely sensationalized.
Posted by ScienceNerd on May 22, 2013 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Herb aint toxic. If you think otherwise you must be brainwashed. Probably one of those fools who tried it once and had to go the emergency room because you thought you overdosed and were dying.
Posted by S T on May 22, 2013 at 3:02 PM · Report this
Zebes 14
Don't let your dogs eat your weed, even if it's not especially toxic, because you will get more benefit out of it than the dog will.
Posted by Zebes on May 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM · Report this
Ages ago I had a dog who loved having the smoke blown in his face.
Posted by ejamadoodle on May 22, 2013 at 3:20 PM · Report this
The Establishment 16
@12: My wife is a vet, and she has seen several severe cases of marijuana toxicosis over the past several months alone. While the severity of the symptoms may differ depending on the size and breed of dog, it's a problem that people should be aware of, especially with the abolition of prohibition.

@13: Are you too stoned to realize that we're talking about animals? That there are physiological differences between species? Chocolate isn't toxic to you, why don't you try feeding it to your dog? He'd probably just think it's delicious, and thank you for sharing your munchies, right?
Posted by The Establishment on May 22, 2013 at 3:22 PM · Report this
Could it be that this rise has more to do with people being open about the cause instead of denying knowledge, thereby shifting them from the 'mysterious' category to the weed one?
Posted by giffy on May 22, 2013 at 3:25 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 18
Don't blow smoke in your pet's face. The high they may receive is not worth the nasty by-products they'll inhale. Fart in their face instead. Gives their awesome noses something to work with, and they won't be inhaling any toxins. Besides, who else is gonna appreciate your last meal like that?
Posted by Sir Vic on May 22, 2013 at 3:29 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 19
Dosage level is not a linear factor. A low mass cat has a different metabolic rate than a human, and even a dog has a different metabolism.

You can't take drugs designed for an adult human male - what we actually test them for - and apply a slightly reduced level to a child for example.

@15 the dog liked you playing with it. The smoke was playing. Playing is good. Smoke - not so much.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM · Report this
If a dog wants to get high it will come around when you are puffing. Theres nothing wrong with blowing a little smoke at it as long as you aren't forcing it.

Posted by S T on May 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM · Report this
" My wife is a vet, and she has seen several severe cases of marijuana toxicosis over the past several months alone."

Smells like BS from some anti weed cunt. How many cases of alcohol "toxicosis" has she seen?
Posted by S T on May 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM · Report this
sirkowski 22
@20 Not sure if serious...
Posted by sirkowski on May 23, 2013 at 2:22 AM · Report this
The Establishment 23
@20, 21: An idiot and an asshole. You wear your avatar well.

People like you make me regret voting yes on I-502, and for convincing my wife to do the same against her judgement (as well as my friends and coworkers). If it wasn't mostly minorities that were being targeted for marijuana enforcement, I'd be happy to keep prohibition going just to potentially see you jailed.

Fuck you, you ignorant asshole.
Posted by The Establishment on May 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM · Report this
I knew your wife was an anti weed cunt!!! Smelled the bs a mile away. You and her need to get some medical cards so you can treat your retardation with herb.

1. Nobody feeds their dogs weed. It's expensive and dogs don't like it. So your wife is a liar.

2. Blowing a little smoke at a dog that can come and go freely is ok. It ain't gonna hurt a dog to smell a little herb vapor.
Posted by S T on May 23, 2013 at 10:05 AM · Report this
Your wife is like the anti weed nurses you hear talk about how bad herb is because they saw one fool having a panic attack after smoking some dank.
Posted by S T on May 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM · Report this
Cannabis is harmless to all mammals. It is non toxic and not poisonous. There is no such thing as "marijuana poisoning". Foolish people...;-G
Posted by pupuguru on May 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM · Report this
sirkowski 27
@26 Give your dog some chocolate while you're at it.
Posted by sirkowski on May 23, 2013 at 10:54 AM · Report this
There is a big difference between feeding your dog chocolate and blowing a little herb near it.
Posted by S T on May 23, 2013 at 12:17 PM · Report this
@28 About as big of a difference as giving your dog a lot or a little chocolate...
Posted by elle macfearson on May 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM · Report this
Posted by S T on May 23, 2013 at 1:16 PM · Report this
Dougsf 31
It's really not that hard to imagine there's a hell of a lot more baked goods sitting around the average stoner's house these days. And if your dog never eats anything you didn't want it to eat, you should go ahead and write the most best sellingest book on dog training ever.
Posted by Dougsf on May 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM · Report this
It is pretty hard to imagine where all these baked goods are coming from the dogs are eating recently. Retail pot shops arent open yet and there is nowhere to buy pot food either.
Posted by S T on May 23, 2013 at 3:09 PM · Report this
Dougsf 33
@32 - No, really not that hard to imagine. Here's 100 pages of listings for Washington dispensaries.…

Because the infrastructure allowed under I-502 is still being hammered out doesn't mean legal access hasn't been increasing year-over-year, and with it attitudes loosening. You seem to think talking about keeping your pot away from your pet is tantamount to some anti-weed agenda, which no one in this thread is displaying.
Posted by Dougsf on May 23, 2013 at 4:59 PM · Report this

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