I have to admit that I am up in the air when it comes to giving dogs cannabis. I don't think there has been enough research on the subject and it is difficult to ascertain its true health benefits. So I have started to do some research on the subject and will share what I have found in this post and in future posts.
The Canine Journal has an interesting article called the 8 Things You Need to Know About Dogs and Marijuana. The link gives you the full article but the gist of it is that according to their research, dogs can get high and can die if they ingest too much of it.
Two valuable Q&As from this article are:
Below is a list of the affects of marijuana on dogs.
- Breathing problems
- Lower blood pressure
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Loss of balance
- Urinary incontinence
According to the Pet Poison Helpline, the risk of cannabis poisoning in dogs is moderate to severe. If your dog accidentally eats marijuana, you should call your veterinarian or Animal Poison Control immediately. The ingestion of too much marijuana can be life threatening.
Symptoms to look out for:
- Severe depression
- Walking drunk
- Low heart rate
- Low blood pressure
- Respiratory depression
- Dilated pupils
So while other sites may advocate the use of cannabis for dogs, this particular site lists all of the warnings about doing so.