31 Oct What to do if your Pet Accidentally Ingests Cannabis
It’s no secret that animals just don’t tolerate THC well. Doses of CBD are even different for humans and pets. Even though they have an endocannabinoid system just like us, their bodies are much smaller and don’t need as much as ours do. If you are a cannabis and CBD user, it is important to keep your cannabis products where your pets can’t get into them, just as you would with your children. But, things can happen and your pet might accidentally get into your cannabis.
Here’s what you should do if it happens.
Determine How Much Cannabis your Pet Consumed
Always know how much cannabis you have on hand. It’s important to keep an inventory so that you’ll have a better idea of how much your pet ingested. If it is cannabis flower, the raw cannabinoids shouldn’t induce a high since they aren’t activated. Cannabinoids become activated when they are heated.
What might happen is your pet might have some nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. Keep your pet hydrated and keep an eye on them. Call your veterinarian if your pet displays any significant symptoms such as confusion, loss of balance, severe diarrhea (especially if blood is present) and severe nausea.
Be Honest with your Vet
If you do need to take your pet to the vet for consuming cannabis – be honest about it. Cannabis use has much less of a stigma surrounding it these days and it’s legal in some form in most of the country. They might say something along the lines of “be more careful with how you store your cannabis” or “think of your pet as your child and keep this stuff away from them”.
Your vet is not going to call the police on you in just about any case of accidental pet ingestion of cannabis.
What Type of Cannabis Product did they eat?
Did your pet consume concentrate, edibles or capsules? This is where you should pay attention. Pets can’t eat the same foods we do. In edibles, concentrates and capsules, the cannabinoids are active – meaning that the THC can get them very sick. If you had edibles and they were chocolate, just go directly to the vet – don’t stop to call first, just go as chocolate ingestion alone can be fatal for pets.
Symptoms of THC Intoxication in Pets to Watch for
When pets ingest THC they can become quite ill. Their bodies just don’t tolerate THC well at all. While it might be fun to blow cannabis smoke into your pet’s face – please don’t. It’s just not good for them and can cause them harm.
If your pet has ingested THC at all, watch for lethargy. Watch for a loss of balance. Watch for confusion.
It’s really best to get your pet to the vet as soon as you suspect that he or she has ingested a cannabis product that is not CBD.
As we mentioned, it might be funny to some to give their pets a shotgun of cannabis smoke, but again – please just don’t do it. It can be dangerous for them. Only give your pet CBD products that are made for pets. Make sure you’re giving them the appropriate dose as well.