More marijuana means more poisoned dogs

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Registered: 01-03-2001
More marijuana means more poisoned dogs
Thu, 05-23-2013 - 8:53am

According to, the legalization and medical use of marijuana may not be good news for dogs. "Last month, Seattle resident Katherine Evans took her dog Abby on a long walk through the Arboretum and Montlake Playground. Three hours after the walk, Abby was vomiting, stumbling and twitching.“I was pretty scared,” Evans said.A veterinarian at Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services, or ACCES, in Lake City told Evans Abby was likely having a serious toxic reaction to eating marijuana, possibly in the form of a discarded joint.Evans doesn't use marijuana herself, but she has seen leftover joints on the ground in Montlake Playground and thinks Abby probably picked one up somewhere along the walk.Abby, who Evans said has the stomach of a goat and has been known to eat everything from chicken bones to glass Christmas ornaments, was back to her old self after being treated at ACCES. But, more dogs than ever before are getting very sick from eating marijuana.Dr. Jennifer Waldrop, critical care specialist at the ACCES clinics in Seattle and Renton, said known cases of toxic reactions to marijuana have increased from two in 2009 to 35 in 2012. And, those are only the cases where vets are certain the dogs ate marijuana. Waldrop said there are many more mysterious toxicity cases where pot could be the culprit.Waldrop said the increase in dogs eating pot can be attributed to the rise in marijuana use, both medical and recreational. She also said more people are reporting their dogs eating pot now that marijuana use is legal and less stigmatized." read more

Your thoughts?


Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Thu, 05-23-2013 - 1:26pm

I don't know if this is necesarily connected to the legalization of marijuana.  I think it has to do more with "any" discarded item that could be harmful to pets.

Some dogs just gravitate to garbage as their food of choice.  Cleo isn't too bad with eating things off the ground, but there are times when she will dig and eat dirt at the dog park, and that concerns me.  I've never had issues with cigarette butts or the like.

As for the marijuana issue, if marijuana is legalized there will, of course, be more around and used more will cause litter, as with cigarette butts.  However, the same could be said for antifreeze. 

The only thing that can be done is for pet parents to be more aware of ther dogs when on walks, especially through parks or areas that are heavily traveled.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-07-2011
Thu, 05-23-2013 - 1:33pm

How gross! I think people need to be a bit more careful where they dispose of their butts, including cigarettes. What gets me is that Seattle is such a green/natural/recycle, etc. area, but people don't consider throwing their butts on the ground as littering? This is only going to get worse with the legalization of marijuana, it's only a matter of time before a dog dies from digesting one. 

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Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 5:02pm

I own a fitness studio in a small strip mall.  Right next door is a Chinese restaurant.  The workers there smoke all day long, outside in the alley...but many times they will walk in front of my studio and just throw their cigarette butts on the ground. The same for many of those that go to the 7-11 nearby...they'll walk by and just throw empty cartons/beverage cups on the ground in the parking lot.  Disgusting....  I would hate to see their houses....