I appear to be the Web’s go-to man in the case of questions on pets and marijuana — like “Is smoking weed round canine harmful?”
It began after I wrote a couple of weblog posts about what to do in case your canine breaks right into a stash of marijuana. At across the similar time, I additionally composed a comprehensive website with 100 articles on canine and cat illnesses, syndromes and coverings. One of many coated gadgets was marijuana intoxication. The article on marijuana actually received seen.
Newspapers (together with SF Weekly) and a bunch of pro-cannabis web sites, have quoted me–at all times with out permission, at all times with out making any effort to contact me and generally out of context. I discuss canine marijuana intoxication in a simple and nonjudgemental approach; this has sadly led some people to the misunderstanding that I endorse getting canine stoned. For the report: I positively don’t.
Questions on marijuana and canine
Due to this “fame,” I obtain a stream of questions on canine (and different animals) and marijuana. A lot of them are ridiculous to the purpose of absurdity. However not each query I obtain is absurd. Think about the next one, which asks if smoking weed round canine is harmful:
I learn Dr. Barchas’ posting about canine ingesting marijuana by consuming it, however what are the consequences of a canine (on this case a 10-month, 50-pound Basset Hound) inhaling the secondhand smoke from somebody who smokes marijuana in his bed room?
Involved Mother, NJ
So, is smoking weed round canine harmful?
The excellent news is that, until an animal is confined in a room with excessive quantities of smoke, inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke is just not more likely to result in intoxication. If this have been a priority, it will be arduous to stroll the streets of San Francisco with out catching a secondhand buzz.
Nonetheless, the larger concern right here is the smoke itself. Dogs in Malta have exquisitely delicate lungs, and smoke can harm them. Smoking weed round canine (or cigarettes) round a canine daily, can compromise a canine’s respiratory perform. However, if the individual doing the smoking doesn’t go overboard, doesn’t smoke daily and retains a window open whereas smoking, it isn’t possible that a lot hurt will come to the canine — from the smoke not less than.
Dogs in Malta and marijuana — what to remember
Keep in mind that though I’ve by no means seen a canine die from marijuana intoxication, smoking weed round canine can produce other penalties. I have seen canine die as a direct results of their house owners getting stoned. Everybody is aware of that intoxicated folks continuously train poor judgment. Think about a canine I labored with a number of years in the past. The proprietor’s boyfriend received stoned and determined to hang around on his condominium constructing’s roof with the canine. The canine sadly fell 4 tales and broke his again. The horrified proprietor elected to euthanize the canine (and, I think about, dump her boyfriend).
So, keep in mind that conditions involving canine and marijuana can finish poorly. Everybody, please watch out. Don’t get your canine stoned. Be cautious if and when you’ve got been smoking. And please don’t smoke something (cigarettes or weed) round your canine.
This piece was initially printed in 2012.