Marijuana and dogs: Vets warn (again) that you shouldn't give pot to pets

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Back in 2010, we published a story in which a veterinarian warned that dogs shouldn't be given marijuana. Shortly thereafter, Fox31 did a lurid version of the same story, complete with imagery straight out of a '60s-era psychedelic flick. Then, last year, CBS4 reported about a vet who'd conducted a study on dogs and weed and come to the same conclusion -- and now, 9News has produced its own report on the analysis, juxtaposing serious talk about danger to animals with a shot of a bulldog looking happily stoned. Get details and see videos below.

In April 2010, we chatted with Laura Higgins, an emergency veterinarian at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists in Longmont. Higgins told us about an incident in which a dog scarfed down a batch of pot brownies.

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Laura Higgins.
"They thought the dog would be fine, even though chocolate is toxic for dogs -- that's another issue," Higgins said of the dog's owners. "But by the time the dog came to me, she was comatose, nearly dead."

This case was hardly unique, Higgins told us. She estimated that Aspen Meadow was seeing instances of cannabis ingestion by pets an average of once a month, and she feared that rate would increase as medical marijuana became more prevalent in Colorado.

At that point, Higgins said, the cases she'd handled to date "have been purely accidental -- or at least no one has admitted any intended marijuana intoxications.... I suppose some goofballs might think it's funny. But honestly, I doubt that could happen."

Hope she didn't put any money on that supposition.

The following month, Fox31's Heidi Hemmat tackled the topic by way of Luke, a dog that had apparently gobbled up a marijuana-infused muffin tossed out by a dispensary.

Unfortunately, the video of this piece, which featured the first image in this item, is no longer online. But here are excerpts from our post:

At that point, Hemmat declared that Luke was stoned -- a revelation mirrored visually by a dopey video effect and musical sting reminiscent of '60s era flicks like Psych-Out. The same effect was used later in conjunction with footage of a chihuahua staggering around

Throughout, Hemmat used pot references, declaring, for example, that Luke was simply high and just needed to come down. This tone was continued after the report, with Libby Weaver and Ron Zappolo chortling as if they'd gotten into the marijuana muffins, too.

That was only one of many mixed messages in the report. The vet interviewed in the Fox 31 story noted that she's seeing a couple of marijuana intoxication cases per week, adding that when medical personnel don't know what's causing a dog's illness, the resulting treatment can run into the thousands of dollars -- a serious amount of money. Likewise, Hemmat touched on the potential need for regulation concerning the way dispensaries dispose of marijuana, although that topic was lost amid the silliness.

More problematic was the suggestion that dogs get high in much the same way humans do. But according to Longmont vet Higgins, there's no evidence that canines experience any kind of euphoria. Instead, they get very, very ill depending on the amount of marijuana they ingest.

The latter theme was struck by CBS4 this past October, albeit under a comic-sounding headline: "Dogs on Dope."

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09171964AA
09171964AA

This article is total and complete non -sense.  I have used edibles in the past and they have put me on my ear. I am an experienced participant and that is just the nature of edibles.  A ton of data shows that dogs have receptors and that a diluted tincture can be of huge benefit for dogs suffering pain.  Cancer and joint related issues are greatly impacted.   Just more mj paranoia!!!!!!!!!! 

stuka1
stuka1

"Two dogs...got into baked goods with medical grade marijuana butter in it, which presumably seems to be more toxic to the dogs," she said. "So we did have two deaths."

BAKED GOODS. What KIND of baked goods? CHOCOLATE kills dogs, for example.


From the report summary:

"The incidence of marijuana toxicosis presenting to both hospitals increased 4-fold, while the number of people registered for medical marijuana in the state increased 146-fold in the last 5 years. A significant positive correlation was detected between the increase in known/suspected marijuana toxicosis in dogs (groups 1–3) and the increased number of medical marijuana licenses"

 

 4X THE NUMBER OF DOGS INGESTING CANNABIS WHEN THE NUMBER OF MEDICAL USERS INCREASES BY 146-FOLD IS NOT "A SIGNIFICANT POSITIVE CORRELATION".  ONE WOULD EXPECT A ~146-FOLD INCREASE OF DOGS INGESTING CANNABIS IF THERE WAS A "SIGNIFICANT CORRELATION".


jhaul21
jhaul21

i dont believe these reports one bit they could have ingested alcohol instead, these vets stories are all hear say and just because the dog appears to be "comatose and about to die" doesnt mean thats actually the case, theyre probably just really high, if you eat too much edibles your stomach can get upset, throw up, also motor function may be slowed down or you can become dizzy, but no one dies, show me one scientific factual report where marijuana has killed or harmed any animal, also eating and smoking produce different effects you wont get that upset stomach sick feeling with smoking, i get high with my dogs all the time they love it just as much as me, they start acting silly, bouncing around, waging their tails when i say "you wanna smokies?" i dont force them at all, i walk out to our shed; they follow, i open the door and they walk in, they participate i dont force and they just sit in the shed while i smoke, it fills up the shed and when were done we go for a walk

Den420ver
Den420ver

Phoenix Tears, olive oil infused with cannabis (medical ) is very beneficial for animals. Just like Us

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident

"But by the time the dog came to me, she was comatose, nearly dead."

Comatose animals don't walk.

stuka1
stuka1

"Higgins told us about an incident in which a dog scarfed down A BATCH of pot BROWNIES.

Laura Higgins."They thought the dog would be fine, even though CHOCOLATE IS TOXIC FOR DOGS -- that's another issue,"

 Man gets run over by a car and killed while eating a sandwich and crossing the street.

 LAURA HIGGINS WOULD CLAIM THAT THE SANDWICH AND NOT THE FUCKING CAR KILLED THE MAN.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jhaul21 "i get high with my dogs all the time they love it just as much as me"

Your confessions of animal abuse are hereby noted.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Amelia Ebert  ... anecdotal nonsense.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... wants to give his dog recreational drugs.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== pathetic anti-cannabis Sabet's-ass-sucking prohibitionist shill who uses sock puppets to "Like" it's own posts

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== Scumbag Jackass:  Makes up bullshit, thinks it's reality. Claims another's cite is "anecdotal nonsense"/

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  

HipTip: Shit you make up =/= REALITY

hth you pathetic pathological lying bitch

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... why is cannabis so harmful and dangerous that NO ONE under 21 should be allowed any legal rec. access to it, per the provisions of A64?

If it's too harmful and dangerous for ANY adults 18 - 20 years old, how can you justify giving it to unwitting dogs who are under 12 years old?


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay Beating the shit out of you is not "bottoming" 

hth you chickenshit whiny pussy

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident = Constipated_Dissident

come(km)
intr.v.

***
c. To move or be brought to a particular position:


You = FAIL again.

Dope really is baking your brain cells.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident = language skill FAIL.

Perhaps it "came to" the vet as in ARRIVED ... via the owner's car, or taxi ... or even via its own private Gulfstream.

Dope is rotting what little is left of your mind.


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  <=== Sabet-ass-licking punkass bitch with a death wish who is too fucking stupid to realize his pathetic made-up-bullshit lies get refuted at every turn

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = inbred imbecile who thinks his chronic idiocy and ignorance is "a typo"

LOL!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <====delusional puerile fuckwit who thinks when anyone else makes a typo it's an "epic fail", and tries to ignore its own typos.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "You have made those claims a hundred tiomes [sic] of [sic] you've done it once here."

Epic stammering stoner grammar FAIL!


stuka1
stuka1

@El_Derpo <=== DonkeyHotay pulls out this pathetic stinky sock and waves it on a stick when he gets PWNED!

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1 <<<<<===== downs derpage

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = PROVEN pathological liar, chickenshit whiny pussy begging for a beatdown

stuka1
stuka1

@El_Derpo Oh, yes, the Jackass pulls out his sock puppet on cue, just like EVERY time it gets pwned.

El_Derpo
El_Derpo

@stuka1 <<<<==== dumbass derp derp

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = thinks a fenced yard is not an ENCLOSED SPACE

thinks A64 bans ALL OUTDOOR AND GREENHOUSE GROWING

HipTip: Making shit up =/= REALITY

@DonkeyHotay  = One EPIC FAIL after the other, all day every day!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = thinks he can grow $600,000 of Hemp on a 24 sided cube shaped farm!


stuka1
stuka1

 <crickets as it slowly dawns on the Jackass that he just skewered himself on his own petard>

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay= drooling stoner, too fucking stupid to realize it just made the same error in reverse.

$600,000/ 100 acres = $6,000/acre (MY error in bold)

$60,000 * 100 acres = $6,000,000 (YOUR error in bold)

@DonkeyHotay"... is that how you come up with your $60,000 per acre hemp farm?"

Show where I claimed that hemp will net $60,000/acre, you pathetic whiny pussy.

hth you desperate hysterical whiny bitch

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = drooling stoner retard MATH FAIL again!

@stuka1 "More like $600,000 for 100 acres."

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay EPIC STONER MATH FAIL!

"... is that how you come up with your $60,000 per acre hemp farm?"

$60,000 X 100 = 6,000,000

 @DonkeyHotay = punked on his own petard!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "Your inability to understand basic geometry"

@stuka1 "a cube has 6 FACES X 4 SIDES = 24 SIDES"

... is that how you come up with your $60,000 per acre hemp farm?

ROTFLMAO !!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay Already explained, you pathetic asswipe, You didn't understand it the first time, which is why you, in your delusions, think it's fodder for quote-mining now. 

Your inability to understand basic geometry = not my problem

Your inability to understand that a fenced yard is legally an ENCLOSED SPACE is not my problem.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... so do tell, what it the context of this idiocy? --

@stuka1 "a cube has 6 FACES X 4 SIDES = 24 SIDES" 

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = keeps a list of out-of-context quotes to spam when he gets pwned, how pathetic is that.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1


@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."


@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."


@stuka1 "A64 has huge problems."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

@stuka1 "DISPLAYING AND POSSESSING over an oz is illegal."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = keep lying and flailing like the pig-ignorant bong--sucking simpleton that you are, sucker. 

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay Yup one of the paradoxes of pure geometry. Of course, your folly from which this was quote-mined was that:

DonkeyHotay = thinks a FENCED YARD is not ENCLOSED on all sides. 

DonkeyHotay = thinks A64 bans outdoor and greenhouse growing

HipTip: Shit you make up =/= REALITY

hth you pathetic LOSER

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1

@stuka1 "a cube has 6 FACES X 4 SIDES = 24 SIDES" 


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