Dogs do get high, but they experience the effects differently and more intensely than humans. In other words, a dog on weed is no laughing matter and, actually, is in a high state of distress. If you aren’t certain whether your dog has consumed marijuana, you may observe the following signs:
- Dogs can get high, and it can be a distressing and dangerous experience.
What to Do If Your Dog Eats Pot
It’s important to remember that your vet is not going to rat you out if you bring your dog in for treatment. Your responsibility to your dog is to get them the best medical attention possible by informing your vet if you think the dog consumed marijuana and in what form. Unfortunately, the urine test kits for people aren’t as reliable in dogs. If weed is not known (or admitted) as the culprit, other toxins, or conditions like liver disease and seizure disorders, have to be considered and tested for. And those tests aren’t cheap. It’s far easier, less costly, and safer for your dog if you are honest with your vet. No one will judge you.
Researchers believe that the two most active chemicals in marijuana that have medical applications are c annabidiol (CBD), which seems to impart its benefits without causing a “high;” and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which does cause a “high” along with any medical benefits it may produce. Unfortunately, medical studies have been hindered by marijuana’s designation as a Schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with the costs and difficulties in procuring marijuana for study. Nonetheless, many people believe that cannabis helps treat various ailments and pains in themselves. Similarly, many people believe that cannabis — specifically the CBD component—offers many benefits for dogs. The following list outlines a few conditions that people feel are alleviated by the use of CBD products in their dogs:
If your dog is showing one or more of these signs, and there’s any possibility of exposure (don’t forget about your kid’s backpack or other “unexpected sources”) it’s probably safe to conclude: “My puppy ate weed.” Dogs have more cannabinoid receptors in their brains than people (read further to learn more about the chemical components of marijuana), which means the effects of weed will likely be more pronounced and, potentially, more toxic. If you suspect your dog has consumed marijuana, please take them to the vet immediately. You can visit the ASPCA page on marijuana and the Pet Poison Hotline for additional help. The effects of marijuana can be exacerbated if your dog ingests an edible, particularly one that contains a significant amount of chocolate, or a THC-infused butter or oil. Chocolate is toxic to dogs (the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is — learn more about dogs and chocolate ) and fats, like butter and oils, can cause a serious case of pancreatitis in a dog .
The degree of marijuana’s effect on dogs depends on the size of the dog as well as the amount the dog ate. Like people, the post-ingestion signs generally appear around 30 to 60 later. However, signs can last much longer in dogs. It can take as much as 18 to 36 hours for a dog to recover from the effects of cannabis ingestion. Fortunately, marijuana toxicity is not likely to cause death, especially if proper medical treatment is administered.
If your pet has a physical issue (pain, anxiety, etc.) you may be tempted to give them marijuana to ease symptoms, especially if your dog has a chronic, debilitating, and/or terminal illness. Just because you think it will help, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. You may end up doing more harm than good.
Unsafe Amount of Marijuana
Can dogs get high on marijuana? Is weed bad for dogs? What should you do if your dog gets into “someone else’s” pot?
In severe cases, dogs may experience one or more of the following signs:
Although marijuana toxicity is rarely fatal, it does require medical attention. Contact your veterinarian if you suspect your dog has been exposed to marijuana. Do not be afraid to tell your vet how much your dog got into and when. Don’t be fooled by the safety margin of this drug and ignore the matter if your dog is exposed to pot.