Sharing "Scooby snacks" could be fun and play in the world of cartoons – but in a warning the real world never knew it was necessary – veterinarians agree that "dogs and drugs do not mix".
The use and acceptance of medical marijuana has been accompanied by a surprising wave of questions about whether cannabis can help pets.
Less surprising is the answer. A resounding "no", according to veterinarians like dr. Mark Reeve.
Dr. Reeve, of the Tea Tree Gully Veterinary Hospital said The Advertiser who was asked at least once a week by dog owners about using cannabis for disorders such as arthritis or anxiety.
"Two years ago, I had never been asked this question, but since medical cannabis products become more available, I think we will see this more and more," said Dr. Reeve.
had seriously sought information on cannabis to relieve pain.
While cannabis has markedly different effects on individual humans, the physiology of canines meant that it was almost always a bad journey for the dogs, who had remained sick and confused.
"The metabolic pathways of dogs and humans are completely different," Dr. Reeve said. "Cannabis can cause dogs' ataxia, cause a rapid increase in heart rate and can damage the liver."
While medicinal cannabis could possibly play a role in veterinary health, no clinical trials had been performed and by setting an appropriate dosage to the races and sizes it was full of real dangers, he said.
Other reports of drugged pets generally derived from cannabis bakery products arranged nonchalantly, or from crumbs or buds on the floor.
Dr. Susan Hazel, from the Animal and Veterinary Science School of the University of Adelaide, said owners should stick to traditional pet medicines. "Dogs are particularly susceptible to poisoning," he said.
"I am aware of a case where a dog is almost dead because he ate the chocolate cannabis cake, so he had the double toxicity of cannabis and chocolate."
Dr Reeve said that owners who suspected that their antics might have been drugged should immediately contact a veterinarian and not remain silent for fear of being tried.
"We as vets are only interested in taking care of the animals and helping them, we do not ask questions about things like that," he said.
Dr. Reeve said he was not informed of people who deliberately stoned their pets, and said that the effects on several species were still another area of poor scientific research.
Although not strictly scientific, a pet owner from Adelaide said she was still shivering when she remembered a night when her two kittens and her dog had managed to get a plate of cannabis cookies out of the kitchen table. more than a decade ago.
Skye, who sat with his detached cross stretched out while the kittens hurled each other up and down the smooth wooden passage for several hours of anxiety.
"We cooked cannabis cookies … the next thing, cats ran for the place playing with each other, but the poor dog was not good," he said.
"The dog was fine the next morning, but I do not think cats can recover well either." One of the kittens was crazy, so it's not a good idea at all. "