Warning: It can be dangerous to give your dog marijuana. If your dog needs it for medical reasons, be sure to follow your vet’s protocol closely. As with any drug, giving your dog more than recommended, or giving it to your dog when it’s not necessary, is irresponsible. But if I ever have a dog, and if he is diagnosed with something terminal, or if he had mobility issue in the hips like most dogs do now because of all the bad breeding that went on for years. …Then yeah… You’re God damn right I would treat him with cannabis medicine.
Is Cannabis Good for My Dog?
When deciding whether medical cannabis is right for your animal, paying attention to their condition, temperament, and the type of treatment are key. Generally speaking, if your pet reacts well to other medications, such as the anesthesia and pain meds used for spays and neuters, they will tolerate it fine, as long as the dose is appropriate for their weight. Doug Kramer, a veterinarian, prescribed one drop of liquid cannabis extract put in cheese for every 10 pounds of body weight.
Below is a list of the effects of marijuana on dogs.
- Breathing problems
- Lower blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Loss of balance
- Urinary incontinence
Is Marijuana Safe for Dogs?
While cannabis is non-toxic, and virtually impossible for humans to overdose on, the same cannot be said for dogs. Due to metabolism and variation in size, dogs can have much more powerful reactions to being high, lasting from hours to even days. In doggy time, that’s like being blitzed for a fortnight. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, the risk of marijuana poisoning in dogs is moderate to severe. If your dog has eaten marijuana, you should call your veterinarian or Animal Poison Control immediately. The ingestion of too much marijuana can be life threatening and look out for symproms such as:
- Severe depression
- Walking drunk
- Low heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory depression
- Dilated pupils
The effects of vapor or smoke inhalation are generally milder, and easily pass, but ingestion of edibles could result in more long-lasting symptoms, just like they do for us.
Size plays a significant role in how cannabis effects dogs. If two dogs—one 8 years old, 75 pounds and the other 12 weeks old, 3 pounds—get into the same size stash, the smaller dog will have a different reaction than the larger dog. The biggest issue in whether a pet will tolerate a proper dose of cannabis is their mental state. While a human generally understands the sense of altered consciousness, our dogs don’t. Vets who have seen animals that are under the influence of cannabis have said that reaction depends on the animal, and around 25% will become very distressed, with panting and nervous pacing.
Medical Marijuana for Dogs?
Some people are administering medical marijuana to their dogs on their own, while some pot shops are even selling dog treats laced with pot. Unfortunately, due to a lack of research, it’s unclear the proper dosage amounts for dogs, so administering it yourself can be dangerous to your dog. Different types of weed and cannabis oil for dogs has similar effects on dogs as they do to humans—increased appetite and decreased nausea. Medical marijuana has provided dogs relief for arthritis and cancer, but it is still not approved by the AVMA, ASPCA or any other organization.
We Need More Research
We aren’t saying marijuana is bad for your dog and we aren’t saying it’s good either. There just isn’t enough research on dogs and weed right now. The dosage amount for dogs is different than it is for humans, so it can be a scary result if your dog has too much. We warn you to be careful and keep your dogs safe.
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