Has your dog eaten one or more dabs? Are you worried the dabs will make your dog sick? Then you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we’ll take a look at what dabs are and what you need to if your dog has eaten dabs. Let’s get started!
What are Dabs?
Dabs are a form of marijuana that’s made using a process that creates more concentrated levels of THC. This is the chemical that makes an individual high. Just for comparison, regular marijuana contains about 12% to 13% of THC. Dabs contain 50% to 80% THC.
What’s more, the process doesn’t create dabs with a specific concentration of THC. In other words, each dab may have higher or lower concentrations of the substance, which makes dabs extremely dangerous. Dabs can cause a high that makes people pass out, have breathing difficulties, and more.
Other names for dabs include:
- Honey oil
- Black glass
Dabs can be used in many different ways. They can be added to a water pipe, oil pipe, a glass bong. Some people also use them in e-cigarettes or vaporizers. Dabs are also sometimes used in edibles, foods, and drinks.
What effect do dabs have on dogs? Will dabs make your dog sick?
Dabs & Dogs
The short answer is yes; dabs can make your dog very sick. Because of the very high levels of THC in dabs, they can lead to marijuana poisoning in dogs.
Symptoms of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs
Your dog may develop these symptoms if he’s eaten dabs:
- Hypermetria (overshooting or undershooting movements)
- Dilated pupils
- Body tremors
- Bradycardia (slower than normal heart rate)
- Ataxia (stumbling, acting drunk)
- Tachycardia (heart arrhythmias)
- Breathing too fast
If your dog is showing any of these symptoms, then call the vet immediately. This is a medical emergency.
Note: do not wait to see if further symptoms develop. If your dog is poisoned, he needs to be treated as soon as possible. This is not something funny to record and put on social media. This is a life-threatening medical emergency.
Treatment of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs
When you reach the vet’s, they will conduct a physical exam of your dog. They will also do lab work to check your dog’s blood levels of THC, as well as check organ function. Next, your dog may require an IV. This is in order to rehydrate your dog (if he’s had vomiting) and the IV makes it easier to give your dog other medications as needed.
The vet will also try other means to lower the toxicity in your dog’s body from the THC. It’s possible your fur baby may need to stay in the hospital for a couple of days to be monitored.
When your dog has recovered enough, he will be able to go home. You may still need to monitor him as he continues to recover at home. Be sure to follow your vet’s care instructions. In most cases, your dog should make a full recovery if he receives prompt treatment for marijuana poisoning.