Veterinarian: Pot is toxic to canines - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Veterinarian: Pot is toxic to canines

A veterinarian in Portland is warning about the unintended victims of the city pot ordinance passed at the beginning of the month.

Dr. Bennett Wilson said he's seeing more and more family pets getting sick after getting a hold of marijuana left inside a home, or ingesting a joint that's been thrown away outside.

Wilson said he expects to see these cases spike even more once the ordinance takes effect at the beginning of December.

Wilson said marijuana is toxic to animals and the effects range from lethargy, staggering, and agitation, to severe illness, liver and brain damage, and even death.

"There's definitely a trend with marijuana, with other drugs to make it more cost effective, i.e., to make it stronger," Wilson said. "We're going to start to see more serious intoxications and more deaths associated with it."

Wilson said the good news is that if the pet is diagnosed early - and treated properly - they will most likely recover in a day or two.

He reminds owners that giving your pet marijuana is considered animal abuse and you could face a fine or even jail time.

© 2013 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Names and new details released in Jackson County homicide

    Names and new details released in Jackson County homicide

    Saturday, November 18 2017 11:58 PM EST2017-11-19 04:58:03 GMT
    Sunday, November 19 2017 8:36 PM EST2017-11-20 01:36:23 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    According to Jackson County Sheriff's Captain Ricky Morales, 40-year-old Rickey D. Crawford Jr., of Tuckerman, was arrested in relation to the death of 33-year-old Amanda Michelle Crawford.

    According to Jackson County Sheriff's Captain Ricky Morales, 40-year-old Rickey D. Crawford Jr., of Tuckerman, was arrested in relation to the death of 33-year-old Amanda Michelle Crawford.

  • Jonesboro police investigate shooting in downtown Jonesboro

    Jonesboro police investigate shooting in downtown Jonesboro

    Sunday, November 19 2017 1:24 PM EST2017-11-19 18:24:57 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The Jonesboro Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened Sunday morning in downtown Jonesboro.

    The Jonesboro Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened Sunday morning in downtown Jonesboro.

  • Arkansas hospitals: Shortage of IV equipment due to storm

    Arkansas hospitals: Shortage of IV equipment due to storm

    Sunday, November 19 2017 1:04 PM EST2017-11-19 18:04:26 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Arkansas hospitals say a national shortage of IVs is the worst they've ever seen since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September and knocked out a key plant that manufactures the medical equipment

    Arkansas hospitals say a national shortage of IVs is the worst they've ever seen since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September and knocked out a key plant that manufactures the medical equipment

Powered by Frankly