How Cannabis Litter Can Attract and Harm Animals

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Dante, an Italian greyhound, became ill after consuming cannabis that was left on the ground near a vineyard. (Christopher Chung photo/Press Democrat)

Karl E. Jandrey DVM, an Associate Professor of Clinical Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care and Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Programs at UC Davis, confirms that the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is seeing an increasing number of cannabinoid intoxication since legalization. Animals find it on trails and in parks without their humans realizing it. Some dogs and cats need nothing more than extra comforting and fluids to counteract the effects, but others require additional medical intervention including, if caught in time, having their stomachs pumped.

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