Vets are seeing up to 10 dogs a week with symptoms of cannabis toxicity, even if their owners don’t keep weed in the house. How are they getting high, you ask? They are eating human feces tainted with marijuana.
Dr. Scott Dolginow, who owns Valley Emergency Pet Care in Basalt, CO told the Aspen Times that his theory is that these dogs are eating human feces that contain enough THC to carry over into a second high. And they are finding these treats out on trails and in campgrounds.
“Seventy to 80% of people say they have no idea where their dogs got it, but they say they were out on a trail or camping,” he said. “I can’t believe that the owners are lying.”
The phenomenon is also occurring in places like San Francisco where there is a high population of homeless people who defecate in parks. From the beginning of 2018 to the start of 2019, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recorded a seven-fold increase in cannabis toxicity cases compared to the year prior. Over the past five years, marijuana toxicity calls to the Pet Poison Hotline have spiked by 400 percent.
“Obviously we encourage people to follow the ‘leave no trace’ principles in the backcountry and use established facilities in the front country,” he said.
Unfortunately, there is not much vets can do and owners have to just let their dogs ride it out until they come down, although in more severe cases dogs are either sedated or are treated with IV fluids.