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What to Do When Your Rabbit Accidentally Eats Marijuana?

What to Do When Your Rabbit Accidentally Eats Marijuana?

Rabbits are herbivores, but giving them marijuana is a big mistake. These sensitive animals have small lungs. Hence, they shouldn’t be subjected to breathing in smoke because it can be too harmful to their lungs. It is unnatural for rabbits to gasp smoke. Instead, they must protect themselves and leave the smoky area as soon as they can. 

Do Rabbits Eat Marijuana?

Bunnies may willingly take marijuana for food. Like other animals that may eat cannabis, rabbits may end up getting stoned or even too stoned if they consumed more. The effect of cannabis can be more intense for the rabbit when given together with something fatty. 

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When the rabbits ingested cannabis, THC is then absorbed and distributed across their bodies. This chemical in marijuana will immediately get into the lipid layers of their body fat, kidney, liver, and even in the brain. In short, rabbits will get stoned when they ate something full of fat together with the weed, which is not common on the plant-based diet for rabbits.

Rabbits and Marijuana

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As more and more states legalize medical cannabis or recreational marijuana, the concerned groups and government agencies warn rabbit keepers about allowing their pets to consume marijuana. 

Currently, there’s no clear and strong evidence confirming the cannabis toxicity in bunnies. Therefore, the concerned entities are still wondering if bunnies can be negatively affected by either consuming cannabis leaves or getting exposed to cannabis smoke. 

However, the book “A Guide to Plant Poisoning of Animals in North America” said there were animals that have been affected by the negative effects of cannabis. These were dogs, pigs, and horses. Moreover, the Pet Poison Hotline also stated that both cats and dogs could suffer intoxication by both exposures to cannabis smoke and eating weed. Hence, it is best to keep your pets away from your cannabis garden for their safety. 

Are your pets dealing with a medical condition where cannabis can help? If that is the case, you should be extra careful and don’t take any steps. If your pets have a medical condition, you must bring them to an experienced veterinarian to know if giving them marijuana is highly recommended. 

Feeding Your Rabbits with Marijuana is Punishable

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If you are a cannabis user and have rabbits at home, don’t ever try to share your weed with your pets. Getting them high is a form of animal abuse. Doing so means you’re violating the animal protection law (if the country where you are has been implementing policies associated with animal care and abuse. 

It can be entertaining to see how stoned rabbits run around, but giving them cannabis does not give any benefit both to the owner and his pets. The worst is you’re putting their health or even their lives into danger. You may likely violate the implemented laws against animal abuse. So far, marijuana is not highly recommended as a medicine for health problems associated with rabbits. 

The website of the American Veterinary Medical Association stated that doctors in states where medical cannabis is legal are excused from prosecution by the state laws for suggesting the schedule I drug to their patients. However, this protection is not applicable to veterinarians who might be recommending rabbit keepers to give marijuana to their pets. 

Signs of Marijuana Toxicity in Animals Including Rabbits

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Animals may get poisoned by cannabis in various ways. They may ingest cannabis edibles like pot butter or brownies, ingest their owners’ cannabis supply (in any form of formulation), and by 2nd hand smoke. The common signs of cannabis toxicity include:

  • Lethargy or sedation
  • Dilated pupils
  • Stunned expression
  • Difficulty to vomit and walk

Other possible symptoms of cannabis toxicity in animals include a high or low heart rate, vocalization like crying or whining, trouble regulating temperature, agitation, tremors, seizures, and coma. 

Signs of cannabis toxicity can be noticed in rabbits in 15 minutes to 12 hours following the exposure. The signs can last for 30 minutes to days. The higher the dose taken, the more intense and lingering the signs will be. In case your bunnies accidentally ingest your cannabis, watch out for these signs and bring them right away to a veterinarian. 

Though there’s no real antidote for cannabis, veterinarians may provide supportive care in an attempt to help the animals in getting through the signs of cannabis toxicity. The veterinarians may regulate the animal’s temperature to make sure they are not extremely cold or hot and provide fluids to keep them hydrated. Remember, dehydration may occur when humans use cannabis. The same is the principle for animals getting stoned. 

Aside from that, the veterinarians may give anti-vomiting medicines to prevent fluid loss. They will also monitor the heart rate of the animal to ensure its stability. Since the rabbit may experience difficulty in walking and end up hurting itself, the veterinarians may help in keeping the animal confined and comfortable to prevent self-injury.

In many cases, veterinarians provide activated charcoal. It is a liquid that rabbits can drink to help in binding the toxin within the bunny’s tummy and intestines to the activated charcoal to prevent the body from absorbing cannabis and its chemical compounds: THC and CBD.

Animals usually respond positively to supportive care. However, supportive care seems inadequate if animals consume higher doses of cannabis. Common issues linked to diagnosing, confirming, and treating cannabis toxicity in veterinary clinics are results of incomplete history that can be due to the following:

  • The keepers on vacation
  • Drug stigma
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Worries regarding legal consequences

It’s best to acquire a comprehensive history and reassure those owners that the veterinary clinic is willing to offer high-quality medical care to their intoxicated pets. Complete and accurate medical history is important. This way, only the needed treatments will be given and prevent unwanted costs and extra treatments. 

With cannabis being legalized within many different countries and states, there has been an increase in the cases of cannabis intoxication in animals like rabbits. Getting the correct and precise medical history is crucial in treating the pets correctly and without the unneeded treatments. 

How to Prevent Cannabis Toxicity in Animals

Getting your pets intoxicated due to cannabis is a preventable situation. Here are some helpful tips to prevent this from occurring right at the first time:

  • Putting the cannabis edibles away from the reach of your bunnies. Put your weed in closed high cabinets and locked drawers. 
  • If you want to smoke marijuana, keep your pets away from you for the meantime. The rabbits should stay in an isolated, properly ventilated area.
  • Don’t let your pets enter your room until the smoke clears out completely. Even the lingering smoke of cannabis can be dangerous to these tiny creatures. It helps prevent most of the cannabis poisoning incidents from taking place. 

Conclusion

Regardless of how you enjoy or feel medically benefited when you use cannabis, your pets are joyful as they are. They don’t need anything that can be potentially damaging for them, like cannabis. Medical substances that have been added to the meals of your pets must be cleared with or even without the recommendations and prescription of a veterinarian. In case your rabbits ingested accidentally the cannabis you kept in your room, don’t waste your time and take them immediately to the vet for proper medication and support. 

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