Any stoner who has had a dog or a cat nearby has probably tried to get them high. Most people blow smoke in the pet’s ear and watch as they get wobbly or tired. But, at least in my experience, the pet generally doesn’t seem to like the exposure to marijuana and quickly you learn to leave your pet alone. After all, who would want to get something high against their will?
A new article by The Humane Society in Boulder [Via Daily Camera] seeks to advise residents of one of the nation’s most marijuana-saturated areas (and, likewise, all of us) that pets do not get high like people do and that THC can be toxic to your pets.
In regards to whether or not your pet gets high, the article explains that “marijuana exposure in pets causes neurologic toxicity, which is not the same as the ‘high’ that people experience. The symptoms (staggering, agitation, stupor, etc.) that develop in pets do not appear enjoyable for them.” Basically, it sounds like pets do not receive any of the best effects of weed, like euphoria or pain relief.
The article also warns that marijuana can, in fact, hurt your pet. With the vast majority of THC exposure cases being in dogs (95%), the most common way they are being hurt is by eating edibles clearly meant for their master. While secondhand smoke and ingestion of actual pot can also result in sick pups, it is clear that the biggest risk for animals is when someone leaves a cookie or brownie where the dog can eat it. To avoid this, keep edibles and weed in places where your pet cannot reach them, and when you smoke either smoke with your pet in a separate room or in a well-ventilated area.
If your pet does appear sick from overexposure to THC, seek the help of your veterinarian immediately. The likely treatment would be to induce vomiting or activated charcoal to limit THC exposure. In more severe cases, the vet may need to help the pet manage seizures and breathe correctly.
It is also important to note that veterinarians are not obligated to report marijuana exposure in pets, so you shouldn’t have legal concerns when admitting to a veterinarian that the pet has come into contact with marijuana or marijuana products.
Have you ever tried to get your pet high? Do you disagree and think that your pet likes weed?