Pets Corner – March 2019


*Pets Corner is a column I write for pet owners that is published monthly in the Old South News, a newsletter in London, Ontario.

Pets Corner – March 2019

In October of 2018, marijuana became legal for possession and consumption in Canada. Since that time, and in other places around the world where marijuana has been legalized, veterinarians have noted a dramatic increase in cases of marijuana toxicity in pets. Here is some of what you need to know about marijuana and your pets!

  • THC is a component of the marijuana plant that is toxic to dogs and cats. If your pet ingests any amount of marijuana, they need to be seen by a veterinarian immediately!
  • Symptoms of marijuana ingestion in pets include: sedation/lethargy, dazed expression, dilated pupils, vomiting, difficulty walking, and leaking urine.
  • CBD is another component of the marijuana plant which may be non-toxic to pets, and may even be helpful in treating illnesses or disorders in pets. Studies are ongoing; however until more is known, you should always speak with your veterinarian before giving CBD products to your pets for any reason.

Melissa Harris

Barks and Recreation London