New Data Show Marijuana Pet Poisonings Are on the Rise

Cannabis advocates may have spoken too soon when they declared marijuana pet poisonings to be much ado about nothing earlier this year. New 2018 data shows accidental ingestion cases are on the rise among cats and dogs. There have been more than 186 calls so far this year, compared to 132 in all of 2015. And most of the cases, experts note, aren’t reported at all.

The figures come from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals poison control center.

"We're seeing at least a case a week, usually," said Julio Lopez, a Santa Monica veterinarian. "There are some times during the weekends where we may even see two or three pets within the same day."

A recent article in the Cannfornian argues that cannabis poisonings in cats and dogs are rising alongside all types of poisonings, not just cannabis.

“…When compared to chocolate or ibuprofen, the case numbers are still small,” Dr. Tina Wismer, medical director of the Animal Poison Control Center at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told the publication in June.

No matter how you interpret the data, one thing is for certain: it’s best to keep pot away from your pet.