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Cannabis poisoning calls up whopping 765 percent

As more states legalize marijuana, veterinarians should advise owners of dangers of THC, says AVMA

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA’s) Animal Poison Control Center reports a 765 percent increase in calls about cannabis ingestion by animals so far in 2019 over the same period last year.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA’s) Animal Poison Control Center reports a 765 percent increase in calls about cannabis ingestion by animals so far in 2019 over the same period last year.

In response to a recent spike in marijuana poisonings, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is reminding veterinarians to warn their clients of the potential dangers associated with animal consumption of cannabis.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA’s) Animal Poison Control Center reports a 765 percent increase in calls about marijuana ingestion by animals in 2019 over the same period last year.

Likewise, the Pet Poison Helpline says it has seen a 400 percent jump in marijuana-related calls over the past six years.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance in marijuana, is toxic to dogs, and can cause vomiting, incoordination, depression, sleepiness or excitation, low blood pressure, low body temperature, seizures, and, in rare cases, death.

According to AVMA, edible products are of particular concern, as THC is highly concentrated in the butter used to make items such as brownies, cookies, and other baked goods.

The association also recommends owners maintain a safe distance from their pets when smoking cannabis, as this also may pose a risk.

Veterinarians are advised to teach their clients about the signs of marijuana toxicity in pets, which include dizziness, rigidness, nervousness, and unusual drooling.

5 thoughts on “Cannabis poisoning calls up whopping 765 percent

  1. how about we just advise humans and animals to not consume the garbage. every other country in the world (including netherlands, and mexico–the first country to illegalize marijuana, btw) is tightening restrictions on marijuana use. primarily due to genetically modifying it to be stronger and stronger -and more dangerous-(yet pot users aren’t complaining about gmo pot??). yet, america is unleashing extremely potent forms onto the free market. violent crime and murder rates are increasing at rates 30% higher in states it has become legal in long enough to track it. this will be a bigger debacle than the ‘synthetic opioids are not addictive’ story we were told 25 yrs ago.

    1. Uh….it’s been decriminalized in Mexico. How about we just mind our business about what everyone else does and keep things that are dangerous to our pets away from them. Lillies are toxic to cats. We don’t gripe about the legality of it, we keep them away.

    2. what the hell are you talking about there is no GMO pot. Selective breeding is making it a little more potent. Pot is not fueling the rise in crime. Hopelessness and a broken society are. There are very little opportunities for people in some areas and they feel the only thing that will lift them out of poverty is crime. Maybe you should learn what you are speaking about before spewing your garbage words.

    3. GMO pot? I’m pretty sure if no one is complaint it’s bc no-one knows; like me. Never crossed my mind bc I thought it was grown organically.

      Do you have a reputable link for more info?

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