Canada Dogs overdosing on marijuana, veterinarian warns

20:46  02 january  2018
20:46  02 january  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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A Nova Scotia veterinarian is warning pet owners after treating an increasing number of dogs for marijuana overdose , and said he's worried more cases might happen once pot is legalized.

A dog wears a marijuana sticker during a pro- marijuana gathering in Portsmouth on the South coast of England. However, veterinarians and researchers can’t determine the level of toxicity because cannabis still is listed Cruzen also warns about human feces, which dogs have been known to eat.

Dr. Jeff Goodall says other pets can overdose too, especially lizards and parrots who are highly sensitive to marijuana smoke.© Craig Paisley/CBC Dr. Jeff Goodall says other pets can overdose too, especially lizards and parrots who are highly sensitive to marijuana smoke.

A Nova Scotia veterinarian is warning pet owners after treating an increasing number of dogs for marijuana overdose, and said he's worried more cases might happen once pot is legalized.

"Dogs are getting into people's stash, brownies or suckers, and basically they've been pretty messed up by it," said Dr. Jeff Goodall, who runs Sunnyview Animal Care Centre in Bedford, N.S.

Goodall said he can't remember treating a pet for marijuana toxicity a few years ago.

But in the last two years, he's had about eight dogs come into his clinic showing the telltale signs — urinating uncontrollably, wobbling, and vocalizing.

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What the Lilly researches saw in the dogs receiving cannabinoids – convulsions occurring without warning just before death, deaths not I do know that the cannabinoids in marijuana dissolve best in fatty substances (they are called lipotrophic). I also know that the overdoses veterinarians see are

Veterinarians are still debating the overall safety of marijuana for animals. Both dogs and cats can safely consume small amounts of medical marijuana , but many risks remain. The main risk of using marijuana for animals is the possibility of overdose .

"We're definitely seeing many more suspicious cases," he said.

While marijuana doesn't make a dog high, it does cause them to become incredibly ill and in rare cases kills them, he said.

"Dogs are extremely sensitive to much lower doses than people are," he said.

Dr. Jeff Goodall says he's had eight sick dogs come into his clinic after eating their owner's marijuana edibles.© Craig Paisley/CBC Dr. Jeff Goodall says he's had eight sick dogs come into his clinic after eating their owner's marijuana edibles.

Important to seek treatment quickly

Goodall said owners sometimes come in with a sick dog reluctant to explain what happened, delaying necessary treatment.

"Because THC stops vomiting, we need to either flush their stomach or give them activated charcoal," he said.

"[We] keep them in one of our treatment areas where we have a lot of padding around because they are still wobbly," he said. "Then we let them ride it out."

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But now, it has become clear that one problem dog owners are facing with alarming frequency is their pets overdosing on marijuana edibles. But veterinarians say that kind of exposure is rare. What is much more common is dogs getting sick from something they found at home.

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A recent study in Colorado of 125 dogs found cases of marijuana toxicity in dogs quadrupled after pot was legalized there.

"People are not treating it as carefully as they should," he said.

"With the pending legalization of marijuana in our country, people need to be aware they need to treat it like any other prescription medication."

Goodall said he's also worried people will think what they feel is good for them is also good for their furry companions.

"One of the cases we had was somebody trying out marijuana on their pet for what they thought might help its pain," he said.

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While the type of marijuana humans consume is toxic to pets, Goodall said there's a growing interest in other forms of cannabis extracts, which some say are useful.

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Medical marijuana for dogs is revolutionizing vet care. Prescribing medical marijuana to ailing pets is a major obstacle. Even in states where medical marijuana is legal, veterinarians are not legally allowed to give counsel favoring cannabis.

In New York City, veterinarians say, canine marijuana poisoning has become a daily occurrence. Photo. Bella on a walk in Queens. The center saw a 144 percent increase in pet marijuana overdose calls from 2010 to 2015.

The most popular for pets is cannabidiol or CBD oil, which is derived from cannabis. It has low or no THC, which is the compound that gives the drug is psychoactive effect.

"I've certainly had people ask about it," Goodall said, saying some studies show CBD oil may help pets with pain, inflammation, epilepsy or cancer.

While veterinarians can't prescribe it, the oil is available commercially, and some dog owners are flocking to it.

Sarah Mccorriston treats her four dogs with CBD oil and runs her own business selling the products in Nova Scotia.© Steve Berry/CBC Sarah Mccorriston treats her four dogs with CBD oil and runs her own business selling the products in Nova Scotia.

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In Western Shore, N.S., Sarah McCorriston treats her four canines with CBD oil.

She said it's helped her furry companions with everything from allergies and anxiety, to pain and arthritis.

"My senior dog has actually shown more energy and life to him than I've ever seen," she said.

McCorriston first started taking CBD oil herself two years ago after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After seeing the benefits it had in her life, she said she decided to look into getting a similar product for her dogs.

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She's since made a business selling the product online, and said customers from across Nova Scotia contact her every week asking for the oil.

a dog wearing a horse mask posing for the camera© Steve Berry/CBC

'Unproven effectiveness' said vet association

However, in a recent statement, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association warns against the use of any marijuana product, including CBD oil.

"Due to lack of sufficient evidence about effective, safe dosage and optimal frequency of administration in dogs and cats, owners should not dose their pets with any type of marijuana product," the association advises.

"For now, marijuana of any type is not approved for medicinal use in animals, and giving products to your pet may have unknown side effects and unproven effectiveness."

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