Pot poisoning? Pets and THC don’t mix so well. (Getty Images)
A Seattle company that sells medical insurance for pets says we’re No. 2 in the nation for pets getting into our stashes, going on a bad trip and ending up at the vet.
In fact, says Trupanion, Washington is 2nd in the country for emergency dog and cat visits for THC related troubles, with more dogs than cats ending up at the vet.
From the insurer’s news release comes the “Top 7 states with the most marijuana-related pet health claims”:
- New York
Interestingly, Trupanion said in an email exchange, not all the chemicals in marijuana are bad for pets:
“… the biggest thing is that pet owners take their pets into the veterinarian and are embarrassed to admit their pet got into their marijuana stash. But admitting it to the vet helps the vet determine the best approach for treatment. But it’s just the THC in the marijuana that’s harmful. Marijuana without the THC is actually used for medicinal purposes for pets in the same way that it’s used for humans and has proven healing affects! Trupanon covers medical marijuana for pets in our coverage policy.”
Here are some signs of marijuana toxicity to look for:
- impaired coordination,
- light and sound sensitivity,
- urine incontinence (where a pet will dribble urine uncontrollably),
- … and in more serious cases, comas.
Remember … police up that pot to keep it out of the jaws of pets and hands of kids.
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