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 once I wrote a number of weblog posts about what to do in case your canine breaks right into a stash of marijuana. At across the identical time, I additionally composed a complete web site with 100 articles on canine and cat ailments, syndromes and coverings. One of many lined objects was marijuana intoxication. The article on marijuana actually bought 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 typically out of context. I speak about canine marijuana intoxication in an easy and nonjudgemental approach; this has sadly led some of us to the misperception 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. Contemplate 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, except an animal is confined in a room with excessive quantities of smoke, inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke isn’t more likely to result in intoxication. If this have been a priority, it might be laborious to stroll the streets of San Francisco with out catching a secondhand buzz.
Nevertheless, the larger concern right here is the smoke itself. Canine have exquisitely delicate lungs, and smoke can harm them. Smoking weed round canine (or cigarettes) round a canine each day, can compromise a canine’s respiratory perform. However, if the particular person doing the smoking doesn’t go overboard, doesn’t smoke each day and retains a window open whereas smoking, it’s not doubtless that a lot hurt will come to the canine — from the smoke no less than.
Canine and marijuana — what to bear in mind
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’ve seen canine die as a direct results of their homeowners getting stoned. Everybody is aware of that intoxicated folks ceaselessly train poor judgment. Contemplate a canine I labored with a number of years in the past. The proprietor’s boyfriend bought stoned and determined to hang around on his house 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 revealed in 2012.