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Area veterinarians seeing more pets with pot poisoning

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Recreational marijuana sales have only been legal in Oregon since October 1, but already local veterinarians say they are seeing an increase in pets with pot poisoning. 

Dr. Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, a veterinarian with DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital, said that in 2015 alone, they have seen more than 100 cases of pot poisoning in pets, compared to between 10 to 20 cases a year during the last several years.

She said it is helpful for veterinarians if owners tell them if they believe their pet has gotten into marijuana because it helps them rule out other ailments that could be more dangerous.  

Symptoms of marijuana ingestion in pets include vomiting, weakness, trouble walking, dribbling urine and extreme drowsiness. 

With recreational marijuana now legal, Mohammad-Zadeh said she believes the number of cases will continue to be high from now on. To protect pets, she encourages owners to treat them similar to a toddler. 

“They don’t know what is good and what’s bad and so anything you would keep out of reach of a toddler – in locked cabinet, high above the sink – it’s the same thing you would want do with a dog,” she said. 

Mohammad-Zadeh said owners should continue to be careful.

“Not assuming that your pet is not going to get into something just because it’s not a dog food treat or something like that, because they will eat almost anything given the opportunity,” she said. 

Mohammad-Zadeh noted owners need to be especially careful with baked goods containing marijuana, as they could be potentially stronger and more harmful to pets.

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