Has your puppy eaten weed? Are you worried that the weed will make your puppy sick? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. It can be scary when a puppy eats something they shouldn’t.
In this article, we’ll take a look at weed and whether or not it can make your puppy sick. Let’s get started!
What is Weed?
Weed is a common name for a plant called marijuana. This substance also goes by other names, including bud, ganja, pot, grass, herb, Mary Jane, and more. Weed is a greenish-gray color and is a mixture of the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant (marijuana plant).
Marijuana contains psychoactive (mind-altering) substances, such as THC, as well as other substances that are not psychoactive, such as cannabidiol (CBD).
Weed is used in a variety of ways, such as rolled and smoked like a cigarette, brewed as a tea, made into edibles (treats that contain weed), and more. Marijuana is sometimes also used as a medicinal herb to treat various types of physical issues, such as chronic pain and more.
Many states and locales have made the use and possession of marijuana legal. This means that it’s possible more pets may have access to weed in its various forms.
Your Dog Has Eaten Weed, Now What?
The first thing to understand is that weed is not good for dogs. The THC in marijuana can make dogs very sick. What’s more, there’s no specific antidote or treatment for weed ingestion in dogs. However, if your puppy has eaten weed, then it’s time to call the vet. This could be a medical emergency.
Symptoms of Weed Ingestion in Puppies
You may notice these symptoms if your puppy has eaten weed:
- Lack of coordination
- Urinating involuntarily
- Dilated pupils
- Slow heart rate
- Muscle tremors
- Severe drowsiness
- Hypersensitivity to stimuli
It’s essential to call the vet if your puppy has eaten weed. This is because puppies are smaller, and weed could cause a more serious reaction in the puppy. Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. Call the vet and get your puppy treated as soon as possible.
Treatment for Weed Ingestion in Puppies
When you get to the vet’s, they will perform a physical examination of your puppy. They’ll also ask how much weed your puppy ate—try to have this information, as it will help the vet. If your puppy ate the weed within the last hour or so, the vet may try to induce vomiting or administer activated charcoal.
Your puppy will probably also require an IV to administer fluids and other medications if needed. In most cases, your puppy will need to remain hospitalized for a day or two.
The good news is that most puppies if they receive prompt medical care, will make a full recovery after eating weed.