The Cannabis Conundrum: Do Pot and Pets Mix?

Pot and pets don't mix when it comes to pet safety

As more and more states pass legislation to decriminalize marijuana, the medicinal and recreational use of the drug has grown rapidly in popularity across the country. It may only be a matter of time before New Jersey follows suit, meaning that pot could be showing up more frequently in many homes before too long.

When it comes to humans, marijuana has many reported benefits, but what about pot and pets? Whether you personally use it or not, it’s important for all pet owners to be aware of the very real danger of marijuana toxicity in animals.

Cannabis 101

Marijuana comes from the plant Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica and contains compounds (called cannabinoids) that alter brain function. The two main cannabinoids of interest to people are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), both of which are present in hemp and marijuana products.

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Don’t Fake It: Service Animals and Their Role

Service animals do important work and require consistent veterinary care to operate that their best.

If you’ve ever seen service animals at work, you’ve probably marveled at their loyalty, intelligence, and training. An estimated 50,000 Americans rely on service dogs every day. These animals accompany their handlers everywhere, performing tasks that allow people to live, work, and go to school.

Unfortunately, the rise of fake service animals has negatively impacted those who truly depend on their four-legged companions.

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