What is Cannabis?
Cannabis satvia is a plant whose leaves and flowers are processed to be smoked (or eaten) by people for its psychoactive effects. Cannabis may be called hashish or hash, marihuana or marijuana, ganja, grass, weed or pot, and cannabis cigarettes may be referred to as joints, spliffs or reefers. The intended effects in people are euphoria, relaxation and altered perception. The main chemical responsible for these effects is called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
How much Cannabis can hurt a dog?
It appears to have similar effects in dogs as it does in humans but given the size difference and a dog’s lack of discrimination with regards to dose, they can become poisoned from eating any quantity. At Animal PoisonLine we have had calls about dogs who have been exposed to cannabis in a number of ways:
- By eating joints
- By eating brownies or biscuits which have cannabis baked into them
- By being exposed to second hand smoke (inhalation)
- By discovering and eating a stash of cannabis in the house
What might happen to my dog after eating Cannabis?
The most common effects in dogs are depression, drowsiness or lethargy. They may also be very wobbly on their feet or unwilling to stand and have a slow heart rate. The depression may alternate with periods of excitability, agitation, aggression and barking, as dogs can apparently experience hallucinations.
Other effects may include weakness, effects on their eyes (e.g. big pupils, red eyes and light sensitivity), vomiting and drooling. They may be unable to control their bladder and bowels and their body temperature can go either up or down. In some cases dogs develop twitching or tremors which can lead on to fits.
These effects would be expected to occur within a few hours of eating cannabis and pets may be very poorly for several days after. Dogs exposed to second hand smoke can develop effects within minutes and recover over a few hours.
When recovering, dogs may experience an increased appetite; in humans this phenomenon is known as ‘the munchies’.
Animal PoisonLine’s Top Tips about Cannabis?
- If you think your dog may have eaten some cannabis it is important to seek veterinary help as it can cause serious poisoning, requiring intensive treatment.
- It is important you tell your vet what has happened so that they can treat the dog correctly.
- Do not try to make them sick as this could make them worse.
If you are worried your pet has eaten something they or been exposed to something they should not have, please call the Animal PoisonLine on 01202 509 000 for advice on what to do next. If your pet starts showing any signs, then take them to your local vet practice immediately for treatment. The sooner they are treated, the better the outcome.
- Apr 12, 2018 Is it a problem if a dog eats paper? Apr 12, 2018
- Mar 27, 2018 Mouldy food and compost - dangers to dogs and cats! Mar 27, 2018
- Mar 22, 2018 Asthma inhalers in dogs Mar 22, 2018
- Mar 19, 2018 Are fertilisers dangerous for dogs and cats to eat? Mar 19, 2018
- Mar 12, 2018 What types of detergents are dangerous to our pets and why? Mar 12, 2018
- Mar 8, 2018 Vaping around pets – Are e-cigarettes dangerous to our pets? Mar 8, 2018
- Mar 5, 2018 Is it safe to give paracetamol, human painkillers or pain relief medicine to my pet? Mar 5, 2018
- Mar 1, 2018 Are daffodils poisonous to cats and dogs? Mar 1, 2018
- Feb 26, 2018 Top 7 common poisons for pets - found in your handbags! Feb 26, 2018
- Feb 22, 2018 How dangerous is Cannabis for dogs? Feb 22, 2018
- Feb 19, 2018 Supplements which can cause harm to your dog! Feb 19, 2018
- Feb 15, 2018 Dog poisoned by anti-depressants? What do you do? Feb 15, 2018
- Feb 9, 2018 Animal PoisonLine's Valentine's Day Special - How to keep your pets safe this February 14th Feb 9, 2018
- Feb 8, 2018 Help! What Should I Do If My Dog Ate Rat Poison? Feb 8, 2018
- Feb 3, 2018 Cats & lilies! How to protect your cats! Feb 3, 2018
- Feb 1, 2018 Is it safe to make my dog sick? Feb 1, 2018
- Jan 18, 2018 Is chocolate poisonous to dogs? Jan 18, 2018
- Jan 11, 2018 Why Cough and Cold Medicines are dangerous for our pets? Jan 11, 2018
- Dec 28, 2017 New Year's Eve Pet Poisons Dec 28, 2017
- Dec 21, 2017 Animal PoisonLine’s Christmas Guide – How to keep your pets safe this CHRISTMAS III Dec 21, 2017
- Dec 21, 2017 Animal PoisonLine’s Christmas Guide – How to keep your pets safe this CHRISTMAS II Dec 21, 2017
- Dec 14, 2017 Animal PoisonLine’s Christmas Guide – How to keep your pets safe this Christmas Dec 14, 2017
- Nov 23, 2017 Vitamin D supplements – toxic risks to our pets from the sunshine vitamin Nov 23, 2017
- Nov 16, 2017 Xylitol – Why is it Dangerous for our Dogs? Nov 16, 2017
- Nov 9, 2017 Why you shouldn’t let Cats near AntiFreeze! Nov 9, 2017
- Nov 1, 2017 How to keep your pets safe during Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night! Nov 1, 2017
- Oct 26, 2017 Halloween trick or treats your pets can’t eat! Oct 26, 2017