According to the Pet Poison Hotline, the risk of cannabis poisoning in dogs is “moderate to severe.” However, this depends on many factors such as the amount ingested, the size of the dog, etc…
They are of course referring to whole plant cannabis, flowers, or more typically, cannabis-infused edibles. THC can get dogs “high” and triggers anxiety in some dogs. It is never recommended to intentionally get your pets high! You cannot predict how your pet will react nor can they communicate the reasons for their distress. Typically, the ingestion of cannabis itself leads to THC toxicity which is rarely life-threatening, however if the product ingested contains toxic ingredients like raisins, chocolate or caffeine things the risk of death is much higher.
However, CBD products or specially made pet products that contain very small amounts of cannabis can be beneficial to your pet’s life. They can relieve inflammation in joints, help them sleep more comfortably and relieve pain from injury or old age.
It is extremely important to keep your stash securely stored away from curious noses and mouths. Some dogs will gobble up anything they find on the floor or snap up something left on a table when your back is turned.
Signs of cannabis ingestion or overdose in dogs include:
- Trouble walking
- Low blood pressure
- Low heart rate
- Respiratory problems
- Dilated pupils