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Marijuana Toxicosis In Pets

The  curious nature of pets increases their risks of accidentally ingesting marijuana or products that contain marijuana which can lead to marijuana toxicosis. Affected pets display distinct changes in behavior, such as  disorientation, incoordination, lethargy, tremors, vomiting, or  drooling. There may also be urinary incontinence, a change in the size of the pupils, and changes in blood pressure and heart rate. In severe cases, the animal may experience seizures, coma, or even death.  

The diagnosis is generally based on the pet’s history of marijuana exposure coupled with symptoms of toxicosis. The veterinarian may deem it necessary to perform urine drug screens, ECG, and other procedures to confirm initial diagnosis.  

Marijuana contains cannabinoids. The main type of cannabinoid implicated in pet toxicosis  is the compound THC. When ingested or inhaled (as secondhand smoke),  the THC binds to the receptors in the animal’s brain, leading to the  display of characteristic symptoms.  

If your pet is showing any of the symptoms listed above, bring him to the vet clinic Plano, TX immediately. Or make an appointment at this website Coit Hedgcoxe Animal Hospital.

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