Julia Bayly | BDN
Curiosity could get a cat — or any other pet — stoned if they find their way into an owner’s stash of marijuana. While most cases of “marijuana toxicity” cause no lasting damage to a pet, veterinarians recommend seeking medical attention for any pet they suspect has ingested straight marijuana or some form of marijuana edibles.
By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff • April 22, 2018 7:20 am
From curious cats to counter-surfing canines, more pets are showing up stoned in veterinarians’ offices after getting into their owners’ stashes.
Pets have been getting high with or without their owner’s help for decades, but the widening legalization of marijuana has made those cases more common — and experts say that there are health risks.
“We have seen cases of marijuana toxicity before [marijuana] was legal in Maine,” said Jennifer Bricker, licensed veterinary technician and hospital manager at Eastern Maine Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Brewer. “But we have seen an uptick since legalization [and] it’s one of the more common toxicities we see.”