What To Do If Your Pet Gets Ahold of Your Stash
Updated: Jul 11
So your cat got ahold of the wrong kind of catnip, now what? Accidents happen, but it is extremely important to remember to keep any medication locked away, in a safe place so that it does not get into the wrong hands or paws!
Cannabis has proven itself safe for humans; however, it has not been deemed safe for animals. Many pet owners are familiar with the benefits that CBD has for pets, although medical cannabis is a little different.
Just like humans, animals have the same receptors when it comes to how their body reacts to consuming cannabis. Although there are not many cases of death from cannabis consumption in animals, sadly it still happens. Most of the deaths that have been reported from their pet consuming cannabis have been from edibles or smoke/inhalation. Cannabis is considered a danger to animals because there is no level of consumption that has been deemed ‘safe’ for animals.
It doesn’t take much cannabis to affect your pet, which is why safe storage is important. Dogs are known to be more sensitive to cannabis than other pets. This is because dogs have more cannabinoid receptors in their brain which makes accidental consumption much more extreme and even toxic.
Just like when your pet gets into another food or substance they shouldn’t have, here are some things to help determine the severity of the issue:
How much did they consume?
What did they eat?
How old are they?
What size is your pet?
Any other health issues?
How soon did you take them to a professional to have your pet examined?
How do I know if my pet needs veterinary care?
How is your pet acting? Are they stumbling or being more clumsy than usual?
Are they vomiting or dehydrated?
Any uncontrolled drooling?
Elevated heart rate?
The first thing you should do if you suspect your pet has gotten into your stash is to remain calm. Focus on your pet to see if they show any of the side effects mentioned above.
We do recommend contacting your veterinarian or emergency animal hospital. They will be able to determine the best course to treat and monitor your pet. All pet owners can agree that accidents happen. Should anything like this happen to your furry friend, we want to make sure you know exactly how to handle it!
If you are a qualifying patient who is suffering from one of the qualifying conditions and is seeking medical marijuana treatment, schedule a telemedicine evaluation, and gain access to Ohio dispensaries. You can schedule your appointment by calling us at 866-457-5559 or book your appointment online.