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‘Stoner dog’ epidemic sees dramatic rise in number of hospitalized pets

Colorado
veterinarians have a message for medical marijuana users: Don't get your
dog stoned. Marijuana is toxic in a dog's system, they say, and has
even resulted in some canine deaths."There are huge spikes in the
frequency of marijuana ingestion in places where it's become legal,"
veterinarian Dr. Debbie Van Pelt told local CBS affiliate WTSP.
"They basically have lost a lot of their fine motor control, they have a
wide-based stance and they are not sure on their feet."Before medical marijuana was
legalized in Colorado, local vets say they saw only a handful of cases
of dogs exposed to the substance per year. But now, those numbers have
more than quadrupled.The vets say most of the dogs are
getting high from medical marijuana edibles left out in the open by
their owners. Marijuana edibles are cookies, brownies and other foods
prepared with a butter laced with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in
pot.And while some pet owners may think it's funny to get their dogs high, the vets say pot is actually toxic to a dog's system. Cats are similarly vulnerable
to negative effects from inhaling second-hand marijuana smoke or eating
edibles. Cat experts say many owners inaccurately believe that
marijuana will have a similar effect on their cats as catnip."I just want dogs, kids to be
safe. It needs to be treated like any other drug. If you came home with a
prescription of Vicodin from your doctor you wouldn't just leave it
sitting there," veterinarian Stacy Meola told the station.In fact, Dr. Meola said that two
dogs recently died after ingesting a lethal amount of marijuana. Such
deaths are rare, but even in cases in which a dog's life is not
threatened, the dog may still be subjected to painful symptoms,
including vomiting and even comas."We need people to realize it is potentially toxic and potentially fatal to their pets," Van Pelt said.

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  • THIS IS BULLSHIT.

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  • my dog is old as shit and he loves to get stoned...this is bullshit

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  • i bet those edibles they speak of contain chocolate, most of them do, thats whats killing the dogs.

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  • Ohhhh myyyyy goddddddd! Lmao
    Propaganda to the fullest!
    Ever seen what trident gum does to them ? It sends them into complete seizures .
    And I don't even believe in full legalization of it .. Can't stand dopey people .

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  • My friend gets his pitbull high all the time and he loves it, never with edibles though, i can see how that can be dangerous.
    Anyone remember that cop that thought he was dieing after eating some brownies?

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    • @rpgmw3
      Seen a few different animals with various owners that will come over for a sesh on their own accord and are completely normal when not baked, so I call BS on this article for most cases. Don't know of anyone feeding edibles though, that could be problematic, like chocolate or whatever else dogs shouldn't eat.

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    • @rpgmw3 my old basset hound would eat trim during harvest time and play for a while then pass the f out.lived to 14. best friend i every had.RIP katie

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  • Prosecute the pet owners who do this. Withdraw their right to use MJ. Animal abuse should not be tolerated, even by a drug user.

    PS. BEER (yes) can be toxic to a dog. It's not the alcohol it's the hops.

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  • It would take a real moron to do that to a pet

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  • Irresponsible idiots who have pets and children.
    Cos apparently blowing smoke in a pets face is " cool".

    Fucking asshats.

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  • i actually knew a pretty big stoner in highschool who used to get both of his dogs high all the time, and whats crazy is the dogs became absolutely addicted/loved it. like i remember being in his house and as soon as you packed a bowl and lit it up, both of the dogs would come running and start begging as if it were food! i never seen anything like it before, they would sit there and beg to have someone blow smoke at them. they learned to really crave and enjoy it just like people do.

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    • @LostSomewhereInSpace

      a past acquaintance of mine had a cat that did the same thing. HA

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    • @falsephrophet

      im sure it was bad for them, and id never do it to any of my pets, but they do learn to enjoy it

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    • @LostSomewhereInSpace ...when i tell people about my old stoner dog they laugh at me.... he was 14 years old and had bad hips... he would join the circle and sit beside whoever had the joint.. after a puff he would run around the yard like a puppy.... than right back to whoever had it... we were young and didnt know any better but he seemed to like it very much

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  • Propaganda bullshit-NEXT!

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  • lol dogs getting stoned! jajajajaja

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  • OH WHERE DID I LEAVE THAT COOKIE? DEMONISE A PROTECTION FROM CANCER AND AN ALTERNATIVE TO OIL ......Hey Fuck off

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  • WHat type of fucking idiot would get their dog stoned?

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  • My cousin's dog managed to get to our stash and ate an ENTIRE brownie. The poor little fucker couldn't walk straight or even keep his head from wobbling. It was funny as shit and the dog is now scared of anything that smells of chocolate.

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  • Poor Doggies are lightweights

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  • Won't someone PLEASE think about the chil--- er, pets!

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  • Just gonna go and call bullshit on all that....

    Please cite me a study showing the toxicity of marijuana in dogs and cats...

    Oh you say they never did one? Cause pot was made retardo illegal?

    Too bad huh?

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  • Chocolate it toxic for dogs too (speaking of edibles).

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  • Scooby doo?

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  • The symptoms. Aren't they rather like the symptoms of hypoglycemia? I've heard it before that pot is dangerous for dogs, but I don't remember if they said why. It's been said a lot that cannabis causes a drop in blood sugar, and if your blood sugar gets too low, as it happens for diabetics, it is life threatening. Alcohol is more dangerous to dogs too, because alcohol affects the higher brain functions first, sort of, inhibiting function from the outside in. Humans have more "outside" More..

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  • Someone should warn Snoop Dogg

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