Dogs in Aspen Experience Marijuana Toxicity from Eating Human Feces

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Dogs in Aspen Experience Marijuana Toxicity from Eating Human Feces

 

Many states in the US have already legalized marijuana. But as it turns out, this law will not only have significant impacts on people but also on dogs. 

 

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Veterinarian Dr. Scott Dolginow has reported that he has been seeing 3 to 10 dogs that have experienced marijuana toxicity on a weekly basis. The suspicion is that the dogs most likely consumed human feces containing THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. This is exactly what’s happening with the dogs in Aspen, Colorado. They were found to be eating human feces laced with marijuana. 

Marty, Rebecca Cole’s 2-year-old cattle dog mix, began acting strangely while being walked on the No Problem Joe Trail last spring. According to the owner, her dog was staggering, vomiting, peeing at random intervals, which were very unusual. “He was crashed out; I had to carry him to the vet. I literally walked in the door and they said he was high…I couldn’t believe it because I don’t have anything in my house,” Cole said.

 

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According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they saw on the news or read in history books, Dolginow stated that the dogs’ owners likely leave out marijuana in the open by mistake. This is because most of the owners who come to him with pets experiencing marijuana toxicity say that the dogs are finding and ingesting these weed-laced piles in the wild.

 

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“Seventy to 80 percent of people say they have no idea where their dogs got it, but they say they were out on a trail or camping,” said Dolginow. “I can’t believe that the owners are lying.” Most of the time, the owners are afraid to admit that they have put their pets in potential danger. 

 

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