I appear to be the Internet’s go-to man relating to questions on pets and marijuana — like “Is smoking weed round canine harmful?”
It began once I wrote a couple of weblog posts about what to do in case your canine breaks right into a stash of marijuana. At across the similar time, I additionally composed a complete web site with 100 articles on canine and cat ailments, syndromes and coverings. One of the lined objects was marijuana intoxication. The article on marijuana actually received observed.
Newspapers (together with SF Weekly) and a bunch of pro-cannabis web sites, have quoted me–all the time with out permission, all the time with out making any effort to contact me and typically out of context. I discuss canine marijuana intoxication in an easy and nonjudgemental means; this has sadly led some people to the misperception that I endorse getting canine stoned. For the report: I undoubtedly don’t.
Questions about marijuana and canine
Because of this “fame,” I obtain a stream of questions on canine (and different animals) and marijuana. Many of them are ridiculous to the purpose of absurdity. But not each query I obtain is absurd. Consider the next one, which asks if smoking weed round canine is harmful:
I learn Dr. Barchas’ posting about canine ingesting marijuana by consuming it, however what are the results of a canine (on this case a 10-month, 50-pound Basset Hound) inhaling the secondhand smoke from somebody who smokes marijuana in his bed room?
Concerned Mom, NJ
So, is smoking weed round canine harmful?
The excellent news is that, except an animal is confined in a room with excessive quantities of smoke, inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke is just not more likely to result in intoxication. If this have been a priority, it will be arduous to stroll the streets of San Francisco with out catching a secondhand buzz.
However, the larger concern right here is the smoke itself. Dogs have exquisitely delicate lungs, and smoke can harm them. Smoking weed round canine (or cigarettes) round a canine each day, can compromise a canine’s respiratory perform. On the opposite hand, if the individual doing the smoking doesn’t go overboard, doesn’t smoke each day and retains a window open whereas smoking, it isn’t probably that a lot hurt will come to the canine — from the smoke a minimum of.
Dogs and marijuana — what to bear in mind
Bear in thoughts that though I’ve by no means seen a canine die from marijuana intoxication, smoking weed round canine can produce other penalties. I have seen canine die as a direct results of their homeowners getting stoned. Everyone is aware of that intoxicated folks incessantly train poor judgment. Consider a canine I labored with a number of years in the past. The proprietor’s boyfriend received stoned and determined to hang around on his house constructing’s roof with the canine. The canine sadly fell 4 tales and broke his again. The horrified proprietor elected to euthanize the canine (and, I think about, dump her boyfriend).
So, do not forget that conditions involving canine and marijuana can finish poorly. Everyone, please watch out. Don’t get your canine stoned. Be cautious if and when you have got been smoking. And please don’t smoke something (cigarettes or weed) round your canine.
This piece was initially revealed in 2012.