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Marijuana

Severity scale:
Caution
This toxin is considered to be a moderate risk. However, your pet's medical history, age, weight, and breed could put him/her at higher risk. It is advised that you contact whiskerDocs or your primary veterinarian for further guidance about any steps you may need to take to ensure your pet's safety. If you choose to, you may monitor your pet closely, but the onset or worsening of any of the below symptoms warrants a trip to the emergency room.

Now that Marijuana has been made legal in some states, the amount of animals being seen for marijuana exposure is on the rise. All portions of the plant itself can cause serious health problems for our pets. The THC compound causes their blood pressure and body temperature to drop, their bodies to shake, and their breathing to slow down. In some cases, it can actually cause the animals to be hyper, jumpy, and act as if they are "seeing things". It can be an extremely scary event for our animals as they have no idea what is going on and why they are feeling this way. If you've ever heard the term "bad trip"...this is it. Admitting to your veterinarian what may have happened can be a bit unnerving for people however, your pet will need immediate veterinary care and support until the THC has left their system.

Toxic to: 
Dogs and Cats
Part of plant: 
All
Symptoms: 
Prolonged depression, drunk walking, slow heart rate, low body temperature, drooling, dilated pupils, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased bladder control, seizures, and coma.
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