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Since 2019, Vets have seen a continuous and significant rise in dogs coming in after ingesting marijuana. Statistics show that this rise is likely tied to the legalisation of cannabis as well as the increase of pet owners due to the recent pandemic. 

Accidents do happen, that is just a fact – especially while owning dogs. As we know our canine friends are not very fussy when it comes to their food of choice. The wrapper from your THC infused cookie, the end of your joint on the ground at the park/sidewalk, or the small stash you left on the coffee table all look the same to your pet – a snack. 

So what exactly happens when your dog ingests cannabis? What should you do if your dog accidentally ingests cannabis? Immediately take your four legged friend to a veterinary clinic. THC quickly gets into their system and symptoms/signs will likely begin to show within an hour. Symptoms will vary in severity based on the amount consumed and size of the dog. A few common signs of a THC toxicity are ​​drowsiness, staggering, urine incontinence, drooling, slow heart rate, dilated pupils, and over reactiveness to noise. It is crucial to keep in mind that your pet doesn’t understand what’s going on at the moment, they will be confused and more than likely very scared. When it comes to cannabis consumed by a canine, there is “risk of death” however this is very very seldom. Trust in your veterinary and bring them in 

Our Drugs Of Abuse Tests are a great tool for emergency situations where your pet may have ingested cannabis. They are rapid, cost efficient and above all accurate. 

We offer 3 different Drugs Of Abuse Tests all containing a test strip for cannabis. 

5 Panel –  containing Amphetamines, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Opiates, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

 7 Panel – containing Amphetamines, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Opiates, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Ecstasy (MDMA), Phencyclidine (PCP). 

12 Panel – containing Amphetamines, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Opiates, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Ecstasy (MDMA), Phencyclidine (PCP), Barbiturates, Benzodiazepine, Methadone, Oxycodone, Propoxyphene. 

The Veterinarians at Galt Animal Hospital are not only familiar but are repeat customers when it comes to our 5 panel Drugs Of Abuse Test.

“The Drugs Of Abuse is incredibly user friendly and accurately screens for the accidental ingestion of 5 common recreational drugs. Due to the product being a urine dip test and results being so rapid, we can test in house at our clinic. Within 5 minutes we are provided with a result that clearly indicates a positive or negative exposure to each individual drug.”

Our Drugs Of Abuse Tests are available from all Vet Purchasing Groups. 

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At Sensor Health Sciences Veterinary, we have made it our mission to provide veterinarians with high quality, low cost, effective in house testing. – Helping give care to all animals.