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Pets and pot don't mix

Pets and pot don't mix
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With the sale of recreational pot about to begin this summer, it's important for pet parents to understand that cannabis in any form is not meant for their four-legged family members.

Dr. Tina Wismer, director of the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center, says a most dogs who eat marijuana will act like they're drunk.

"They're going to be wobbly," she said. " And many dogs will dribble urine, so they're urinary incontinent. But to make thing a little more difficult, about 25 percent of dogs actually become very agitated instead of sedated, so they're pacing and panting and they can't get comfortable."

Dr. Wismer says the outcome depends on the size of the dog and the amount ingested.

"The big German Shepard that eats one roach is probably not going to have a serious problem, but a smaller dog that gets into some of the concentrates, especially the edibles, we actually had a couple of those animals die," she told me.

If you suspect your pooch got into your pot it's important to be honest with your vet - they're not going to judge you.

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