October 21, 2017

Legalization of Cannabis Increases Toxicity for Pets

Laura Stern, DVM, DAVBT, senior toxicologist for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, talks about how the legalization of cannabis in some states has affected pets.


With cannabis becoming legal in some states, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has seen a spike in the number of calls from those states. Laura Stern, DVM, DAVBT, senior toxicologist for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, talks about how the legalization of cannabis in some states has affected pets.

Cannabis can cause a number of clinical signs of toxicity when ingested by pets. Pets usually become more depressed, ataxic, and have urinary incontinence. With the more potent forms of cannabis, pets show more stimulatory signs and become extremely disorientated.

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