Pet Safety

My Dog Ate an Edible - Now What?

Dogs hold a special place in our hearts and homes. Their boundless energy and unwavering loyalty make them cherished members of our families. However, their inquisitive nature and tendency to explore with their mouths can sometimes lead to unexpected and potentially hazardous situations. One such scenario is the ingestion of edibles.

What happens if a dog eats an edible?

Edibles contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound in cannabis, which can have significant effects on dogs. These effects can vary depending on the dog's size, breed, and the amount of THC consumed. Common signs of THC intoxication in dogs include:

According to DVM Justine Lee, there has been an increase in incidences of accidental marijuana exposure to dogs and cats following the legalization of marijuana in certain states. This has increased the need for pet parents to be aware of how to react if their pets become exposed. While in severe cases THC intoxication can lead to seizures, coma, and even death, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, most pets who have experienced cannabis toxicity have made a complete recovery, suggesting that most cases do not lead to long-term illness.

What should I do if my dog ate an edible?

If you suspect your dog has eaten an edible, immediate action is crucial to prevent further complications. Here's what you should do:

1. Remain Calm and Assess the Situation

Panicking will not help your dog and may hinder your ability to make rational decisions. Take a moment to assess the situation and determine the severity of the dog's condition. Observe their behavior and look for any signs of THC intoxication.

2. Contact Your Veterinarian Immediately

Call your veterinarian or a local animal poison control center as soon as possible. Provide them with as much information as possible, including the type of edible, the amount consumed, and the time of ingestion.

3. Do Not Induce Vomiting

Inducing vomiting may worsen the situation and cause further complications. Follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully.

4. Transport Your Dog to the Veterinary Clinic

If your veterinarian advises you to bring your dog in, transport them safely and securely. Avoid leaving them alone or in a hot car.

5. Monitor Your Dog's Condition Closely

Once at the veterinary clinic, your dog will undergo a thorough examination and receive appropriate treatment. Stay informed about their condition and follow your veterinarian's instructions carefully.

Expert Insights From Spot

According to Spot’s internal data, THC Toxicity is not a common condition. Less than 1% of the claims submitted between 2021 and 2022 were for treatment of THC toxicity. If your pet does ingest THC, the average cost of treatment is $308, 20% lower than the average claim submitted to Spot.

What is the best way to prevent marijuana toxicity in dogs?

The best way to prevent your dog from consuming edibles is to keep them out of reach. Store edibles in a secure location, preferably in a childproof container. Additionally, educate yourself about the signs and symptoms of THC intoxication so that you can recognize if your dog has ingested an edible.

Key Takeaways

The ingestion of edibles by dogs can be a frightening experience, but with prompt action and proper care, your canine companion can make a full recovery. By following the guidelines outlined in this article, you can help prevent such incidents from occurring in the first place. Remember, keeping edibles out of reach, educating yourself about the signs of THC intoxication, and seeking immediate veterinary attention are crucial steps in safeguarding your dog's well-being. Let your unwavering love and responsible pet ownership be the guiding principles in ensuring your dog's safety and happiness.

How Spot Pet Insurance Can Help

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