Do Pets Get High?

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Any stoner who has had a dog or a cat nearby has probably tried to get them high. Most people blow smoke in the pet’s ear and watch as they get wobbly or tired. But, at least in my experience, the pet generally doesn’t seem to like the exposure to marijuana and quickly you learn to leave your pet alone. After all, who would want to get something high against their will?

A new article by The Humane Society in Boulder [Via Daily Camera] seeks to advise residents of one of the nation’s most marijuana-saturated areas (and, likewise, all of us) that pets do not get high like people do and that THC can be toxic to your pets.

In regards to whether or not your pet gets high, the article explains that “marijuana exposure in pets causes neurologic toxicity, which is not the same as the ‘high’ that people experience. The symptoms (staggering, agitation, stupor, etc.) that develop in pets do not appear enjoyable for them.” Basically, it sounds like pets do not receive any of the best effects of weed, like euphoria or pain relief.

The article also warns that marijuana can, in fact, hurt your pet. With the vast majority of THC exposure cases being in dogs (95%), the most common way they are being hurt is by eating edibles clearly meant for their master. While secondhand smoke and ingestion of actual pot can also result in sick pups, it is clear that the biggest risk for animals is when someone leaves a cookie or brownie where the dog can eat it. To avoid this, keep edibles and weed in places where your pet cannot reach them, and when you smoke either smoke with your pet in a separate room or in a well-ventilated area.

If your pet does appear sick from overexposure to THC, seek the help of your veterinarian immediately. The likely treatment would be to induce vomiting or activated charcoal to limit THC exposure. In more severe cases, the vet may need to help the pet manage seizures and breathe correctly.

It is also important to note that veterinarians are not obligated to report marijuana exposure in pets, so you shouldn’t have legal concerns when admitting to a veterinarian that the pet has come into contact with marijuana or marijuana products.

Have you ever tried to get your pet high? Do you disagree and think that your pet likes weed?

  

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  • MisterBadBungleFish

    i once thought about it, but had a feeling that it was not a wise decision. so i did not do it. makes me wonder if sublime ever smoked up their dogs? hope not, if its toxic!

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... chad munn

    I used to think he likes it but I’ve seen evidence to the contrary.

  • tobynixon

    “marijuana exposure in pets causes neurologic toxicity, which is not the same as the ‘high’ that people experience.
    The symptoms (staggering, agitation, stupor, etc.) that develop in pets do not appear enjoyable for them.”

    What scientific study proves this. My dog taught me not to blow it in his ear, that can cause irritation, you aren’t
    supposed to blow in someones ear or a animal it could damage their eardrum.
    However my dogs and cats love to sit in my lap when I am smoking a bowl.

    My dog will often get right in my face when I am smoking especially exhaling. My cat will sniff, literally sniff the air where
    smoke is. I have seen mountain lions do this, though I don’t suggest trying to get a mountain lion to shotgun with you.
    Squirels and other wild animals, that are comparitively fond of you or you habitate with will deliberately inhale the smoke.

    Whether this is a behavior of mimicing or if it actually an attempt to get stoned. I dunno, I am not an expert, I did not do
    a study.

    I no longer attempt to get my animals stoned, they just inhale my smoke. Oh they wont linger in it, my cat obviously gets
    a good dose of smoke cause she coughs and spits. Which actually is kind of funny to watch her run into the smoke take
    a sniff and run behind me coughing. I did not teach this behavior, I blew smoke at them they ran off and later come back
    and started sniffing the smoke.

    Many animals in the wild will eat cannabis and some of the same species wont. Deer will eat the Buds off your whole crop
    and bounce off and run straight into a tree. (Seen it happen more than once.)

    What is known is that animals can recieve a contact high. That means that you can transfer residual chemicals on your
    skin through petting to the animal.

    While you probably should not blow smoke in their ear, you probably should not attempt to teach your animal to smoke with
    you, I see no verifiable proof, besides someones word on it. They don’t even have a doctorate. I don’t just believe everything I see.

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Kimmie Kronick

    Yes my dogs have gotten up and into places I never thought possible to steal my edibles and yes they did get high. Luckily I found out right after they did it and immediately fed them a bunch of canned food. It was something I would never do on purpose since they clearly looked like they were tripping but I kept an eye on them and they were fine. Now I’m much more careful about hiding them even better and feel terrible they got into them.

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  • Ray Ray

    Wow! This was a very helpful article!! I had no idea that pot can affect an animal is such ways. There have been many occasions, either at a friends house or your own for that matter… When you see your animal you want to share the wealth, i now know not to go forth with that and will be sharing that with all my stoner friends!!

  • Alex

    This is sooo stupid. You guys are freaking out for nothing. See, ( I don’t know if it’s any different for a cat ) dogs ears are different than They actually DON’T have an ear drum. It’s just the auditory tube leading straight to the cerebral corex where the THC receptors are located. Most mammals have THC receptors. Hmmm, weird? No. It’s not. You guys need to do research. My mom had a bird who was horribly obnoxious and mean and would tear the shit out of you when he wasn’t high. Whenever you would light a J around him, he’d actually unlatch his cage to get out so he could shot gun the weed. And now my dog, whenever she knows I’m smoking, crawls right into my lap and puts her head against my face. It calms her down, because she’s some sort of terrier mix. Usually wayyyy too hyperactive, thus the weed calming her down. Now, don’t do it every day. I do this about once a week, and she loves it.
    PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU GO BELIEVEING EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON THE INTERNET.

    • JJTaylor

      My Dog is the same way!!!!

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  • JJTaylor

    My Dog LOVES to get High. Everytime I start to toke, my dog is right there in my face ready for his hit!!! He is a straight up Stoner just like me!!!

    • Sandy

      My dog had to spend the night in the doggie ER with IV fluids and charcoal after being exposed to weed. It was an expensive way to learn that dog do not respond well to being exposed to weed.

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Matt

    Anyone who has ever taken classes at a community college, or even stayed awake in high school, knows they must always verify any source of information. Step one, always be critical of any .com website. Anybody can own a .com website, so the data can be merely an opinion or someone’s unjustified belief. In other words, just because this site says its bad doesn’t mean it’s true. Before you make up your mind, find a .org or .edu site and see what an actual research report shows on it. This subject is touchy, but a legitimate article would help all of us come to an intelligent decision on the matter.

  • JBMNP

    I feel like everyone responds differently to marijuana. Some people get sleepy, some get energy. Its an appetite suppressant for some and it gives some the munchies. Some people get tripped out and some people get chilled the fuck out. Why cant animals be the same? I believe my yorkie loves it. My cat doesn’t care for it too much.