Marijuana legalization has officially gone to the dogs.
According to the Cape Cod Times, dogs are finding and ingesting marijuana on the Massachusetts island, leaving owners concerned and vets overworked.
“It’s a rare day that we don’t have a ‘pot dog’ hospitalized in the ICU,” said Dr. Louisa Rahilly, medical director of Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists.
Dog owner Linda McCann said her minipoodle Brahms became “so stoned” after he ate a blunt lying in a parking lot during their morning walk.
“He usually barks at neighbors, greets people and the highlight of his day is getting a treat from the mailman,” said McCann following the incident. “But he didn’t move. His eyes were so dilated.”
Rahilly said the doped dogs don’t take cannabis well, leaving them “vomiting and urinating,” which could be mistaken for a stroke.
Another tell-tale sign of high dogs is their “drunken gait” walk, Rahilly noted.
Dogs who digested pot are expected to recover in 12-24 hours, according to Kevin Smith, co-owner of the Hyannis Animal Hospital.
“Similar to a person, if they ate too much edibles, it would be a bad 24 hours,” he said.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stated that the number of weed-related calls in 2018 totaled 1,800 — compared to 208 ten years ago.
The sale of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts was legalized on November 20, 2018.
McCann did not respond to the Post for comments.
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