How Does Cannabis Affect Pets?

How Does Cannabis Affect Pets?

Your pets deserve the same kind of healthy life as you do. Responsible pet owners strive to make sure their pets are as happy and healthy as possible. If you partake in utilizing medicinal cannabis, you are likely to wonder what effect you are having on your pets.

First and foremost, if you thinking of sharing anything with a THC content with your pets, the best advice is to abstain. While most pets will not have an adverse reaction to a small dose of THC, they are not built the same way humans are. The lack of a prefrontal cortex means there will be a lot of confusion on the part of your pet as to why their body is not functioning properly. This can cause a lot of anxiety.

Of course, how cannabis is going to affect your pet will depend on the type of pet you have, the weight of the animal, and the size of the animal. Even while taking all of these factors into consideration, the best advice is to steer clear of administering any product with THC to your pets.

Effect of Cannabis on Different Pets

Dogs have had the most testing done on them to see how cannabis will affect them. This is due in large part to the demand from dog owners being higher than it is for other types of pets. As such, the industry has responded with more testing on dogs. The overwhelming response has been to not provide your dog with anything that has THC in it. The resulting side effects your dog may encounter when ingesting any type of THC include:

  • Tremor, shaking
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Clumsy gate, tripping or dragging feet
  • Lethargy
  •  Excessively low heart rate
  • Lowered body temperature
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Seizure

Cats will have many of the same reactions to THC as dogs do, so the same advice applies. Given that cats are lighter than the average dog, the effects could be even worse on them. While THC poisoning in any animal is rare, it does not mean you should take a chance to administer anything that is not prescribed by the vet.

Horses are a whole different story. They have even less research committed when it comes to cannabis than cats. Being quite large animals, between 840 – 2200 pounds, it would take a lot of THC to have an effect on their system. Even with that in mind, it is not suggested that you share your next bong hit or brownies with your horse.

How to Safely Administer Cannabis to Pets

If you have pets that display anxiety or have seizures, it is understandable you would want to seek out cannabis as a possible solution. The best advice is to make sure you are using CBD products specifically designed for use with your pet type. While you may not be able to just hand over vaporizers to your animal, there are very easy solutions you can utilize. These include:

  • CBD oil

This is a perfect solution, because of the convenience. Simply add a few drops to the food. Your pet will consume the food just as normal and now with the added benefit of the CBD. You can also give the CBD oil directly to your dog orally. You can utilize the same CBD oil you may use for yourself, just alter the doses. Talk to your vet about a safe dosage or experiment starting with a 1 mg dose and move up from there.

  • Edibles

There is a growing market of different edibles available for a wide range of pets. These are perfect if you are concerned about getting the dosage right. Just choose a product your pet will want to eat to make it easier for you.

Regardless of the type of product, you are using, make sure it has been tested by an independent third-party laboratory. With little to no regulation on what manufacturers have to adhere to, you need to have some reassurance you are utilizing quality products that are safe for your pet. Always make sure to discuss with your vet the plan to utilize cannabis for your pet. This way, you can discuss dosage levels and the safety concerns it may present to your pet.