Modified on: 07/11/2023
HERE ARE THE MAIN SYMPTOMS OF HASHISH POISONING IN DOGS AND THE BEHAVIORS TO BE ADOPTED TO SAFEGUARD THEIR HEALTH
Although the law prohibits the purchase of hashish and other similar products, with the exception of those based on the so-called CBD weed, we cannot deny that there are still numerous people who obtain these narcotic substances.
Unfortunately, it may happen that the consequences of these actions also fall on those who live with the person concerned, even on his pets. Dogs, in fact, can be attracted to the aroma of cannabis-based products and, when these substances are left unattended, there is a risk that they could ingest them.
In this article we will explain what the effects of hashish are on man’s faithful friend and what to do to help them feel better.
IS HASHISH HARMFUL TO DOGS?
Ingesting hashish can have very serious effects on our four-legged friends.
The severity of the intoxication depends on the weight of the animal, so small dogs are those most at risk from the effects of this substance.
But what is the minimum amount of hashish a dog needs to ingest to have serious side effects?
Unfortunately there is no precise answer to this question. Since hashish is an illegal substance, there are no standardized production methods subject to quality controls.
If this product is made with the addition of particularly toxic cutting substances, even a very small piece can be lethal for our pets. Furthermore, the concentration of THC can vary significantly and, with it, also the health risks for dogs who ingest hashish.
Consequently, if you have broken the law by purchasing this illegal substance and you realize that your faithful friend has ingested it, do not waste time and take him to a vet immediately: the symptoms of hashish poisoning appear very quickly and, if you do not act promptly, your dog could risk his life.
HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR DOG HAS ATE HASHISH
When you have doubts that your trusted companion may have ingested hashish, it is advisable to pay attention to the appearance of any symptoms that demonstrate the validity of the suspicions.
Truth be told, the effects of THC can vary significantly depending on the dog and some lucky ones may not even show any discomfort at all. In any case, there is a general pattern of typical symptoms and behaviors that highlight the ingestion of THC.
Here are some of the most frequent:
slow, erratic and uncoordinated movements;
nervousness and agitation;
low body temperature (for this reason it is advisable to carry out a check with a rectal thermometer for dogs);
Most of these symptoms appear 30 minutes after ingesting hashish.
What to do to stabilize your dog after ingesting hashish
As I explained to you, the first thing you should do if you realize that your dog has eaten hashish is to take him to the vet immediately. However, there are situations in which you may not be able to reach a specialist quickly.
In such an eventuality, there are first aid measures you could apply to stabilize your dog’s health.
First of all you can try to make him vomit, but only if no more than 2 hours have passed since ingestion. In this way the hashish not yet digested will be expelled and you will limit the damage of intoxication.
To counteract the absorption of THC by the stomach, you could try giving your dog activated charcoal by purchasing it at the pharmacy. This element, in fact, has a porous structure capable of trapping harmful substances present in the digestive system.
Finally, it is advisable to constantly monitor the dog’s breathing and heart rate and promptly seek help if these vital signs decrease appreciably.
In this article I explained to you why ingesting hashish can represent a serious risk for your dog, what are the typical effects of THC intoxication on your four-legged friend and what to do to safeguard his health.
I hope you never need to follow this advice: the purchase and consumption of hashish and any other cannabis products is strictly prohibited and you risk serious legal consequences if you break this rule.
However, we are well aware that there are numerous people who do not respect the law and, due to their reckless behavior, can endanger the health of their dogs. In these cases, we hope that they will do everything possible so that the price of their mistake does not fall on their innocent life partners.
We are waiting for you!