The hospital usually treats hundreds of dogs a week, but now the hospital regularly has to deal with dogs that have gotten into their owners’ stashes of pot food.
“What we are seeing is dogs getting into the baked products,” Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald told CBS Denver. “The butter gets a higher concentration of THC, the active ingredient.”
Fitzgerald conducted a year-long study involving dogs being exposed to marijuana and found that it can cause symptoms like disorientation, seizures and temporary comas. In some cases, the symptoms lingered for days.
“Half-life for a dog is 72 hours, maybe 96, before it gets out of their system,” said Fitzgerald. “The one thing we see with almost all of them is urinary incontinence when they eat a bunch of it,”