Scooby doobie don’t: Discarded joints pose hazards for dogs


The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – Veterinarians are growing alarmed by an apparent rise in marijuana poisonings among dogs that ingest discarded joints and edibles on city sidewalks.

Canines are eating unfinished joints while strolling with their owners, and more are showing up in animal emergency rooms.

The poison control center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says cases are rising. Last year, there was an 11% increase from the roughly 6,200 cases reported in 2021.

Over the past five years, the rise has been about 300%. Dr. Amy Attas, a New York City veterinarian, says marijuana poisonings, which are almost never fatal, were once rare among pets, even when medical dispensaries started opening in the city.

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5/2/2023 9:44:01 AM (GMT -5:00)

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