Can your dog eat edibles?

Dogs can get into anything, and it's only a matter of time before they reach up on the kitchen counter and accidentally bite a piece of that brownie edible. In Colorado, where marijuana has been legal since 2012, there has been a rise in dogs visiting the veterinarian due to accidentally consuming an edible. Recently, a Colorado resident named Patty Moore put out a warning to Denver residents to be careful with their pot stashes. As Moore was walking her dog, Chance, Chance found a half-eaten edible on the ground leftover from 420 and consumed it. 

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Chance, 10-year-old golden retriever recovering from consuming the edible. 
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"We really thought there was something seriously wrong with her, Chance couldn't even stand up to eat." said Moore. After taking Chance to the veterinarian, she was diagnosed right away. "Generally as far as toxicity goes, marijuana is a pretty safe one," said vet Dr. Allison Jenkins. Jenkins continued to explain that edible pot can leave a dog feeling high for a couple days, and it doesn't take much. Even just consuming the wrapper would be enough for a dog to feel the effects. Jenkins later stated that marijuana would not kill a dog unless it was something as rich in THC as cannabutter. 

 

Here are a few tips & reminders for your pal and consuming edibles. 

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What are the symptoms of a dog that's eaten an edible? 

Common signs include anxiety, depression, low heart rate, dilated pupils, tremors, lethargy and vomiting. More severe signs include seizures and coma. The signs of marijuana poisoning typically become apparent within 30 minutes to three hours of ingestion. 

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What to do to after knowing that your dog is going through marijuana intoxication? 

According to helloMD, go to the vet. With prompt treatment, most dogs will recover from marijuana poisoning within three to 12 hours. However, because THC metabolites are stored in fat and are eliminated from the body over time, dogs may continue to show mild to moderate signs of marijuana poisoning for several days following treatment. The amount of time marijuana stays in the body depends on a combination of factors that are unique to each dog. Some of these factors include the amount of marijuana ingested and the breed, size, age and health status of the dog. 

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Can consuming marijuana edibles kill your dog? 

Technically, yes. But realistically, no. Like Dr. Allison Jenkins stated, it would take something extremely rich in THC, like cannabutter to kill your dog. They would need also need to eat about a pound or more of extremely strong pot or edibles.