There is no doubt that Americans love their pets. Statistics vary, reporting anywhere from 64 million to 90 million dogs are owned as pets in the United States and anywhere from 47 million to 74 million cats are owned as pets. The pet food and supplies industry in the United States is a multibillion dollar industry. There is also no shortage of veterinarians throughout the nation, although some areas believe there is a shortage.
Speaking from my own experience, my wife and I have had 11 dogs and 2 kittens since we’ve been married. We found out the day we brought the kittens home that our youngest daughter was very allergic to cats. That’s also why since we had our kids, we have stuck to one breed of dog, Maltese, because they do not shed and they are non-allergenic.
Many people treat their dogs or cats as if they were part of their human family and as such, they are rushed to the vet or nearest animal hospital whenever anything is wrong with them. I’ve known of people who have spent thousands of dollars for surgeries and cancer treatment on their pets, just as they would if it was one of their children.
What pet owners need to learn is that not everything that is good for people or not harmful to people, is safe for your dog or cat. For instance, chocolate and onions can be very harmful to dogs. Tylenol can shutdown the kidneys of a cat at low doses and do the same with dogs at higher doses.
Another thing that is proving to be harmful to dogs and cats is marijuana. As more states legalize medicinal and/or recreational use of marijuana, the debate of it’s safety for humans is still a hot topic of debate.
I’ve seen reports indicating that marijuana used by teens can have a genetic impact on their brain, which could interfere with some of their mental processes later in life and make them more susceptible to addictions.
Other reports have shown that the increases use of marijuana have led to increased traffic accidents as well as increased visits to hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers.
But what about marijuana and our pets? Some people think it’s funny to give their dog or cat alcohol and then watch it stagger around. Sadly, the same is true with marijuana. However, a number of reports state that marijuana is a poison to both dogs and cats and can kill them.
The number of veterinarian visits due to marijuana poisoning has been skyrocketing with the increased use of marijuana by humans.
In some cases, the dog or cat ate marijuana or a something made with marijuana. It’s been reported that they have eaten discarded marijuana or marijuana products in parks, on the streets and in the home.
Yes, marijuana IS harmful to humans and it’s deadly to our dogs and cats.
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