Pot becomes an island pet problemUPDATED 7:44 PM HST Apr 15, 2014Video Transcript
Medical marijuana uses are advised to watch their weed, in an effort to keep dogs off drugs. That's right...pot has become a problem for some island pets. KITV4's Paul Drewes reports, all new at 6. 24 43 file of people smoking With Hawaii's medical marijuana users growing by the thousands, it is not just people who are feeling the effects of pot -- so are some pets. 16:30 "we've had 2 dogs that came in with marijuana toxicity and it was confirmed that it was marijuana toxicity" Just like humans, animals can have a bad experience from tripping out on pot. Their eyes will be dilated, it could make them vomit and they will have difficulty walking. 16:52 "they don't know where they are, their heads are bobbling and something seems not quite that right" Most owners know chocolate can be harmful for pets, but some feel animals could be helped by the drug. Those animals already with low appetites or in pain. standup 24:50 because marijuana affects animals just like humans -- there may even be some benefit for pets on pot 25:20 18:06 just like in people -- dogs could benefit from an appropriate therapeutic dose But high doses of the drug can lead to unusually low heart rates and even have seizures in some animals. Too much can also cause hyper-activity for days. Once an animal has eaten it -- there is no antidote, so the best advice for pet owners is to prevent this pot problem from happening in the first place. 20:52-20:56 "it should be locked up. We've had animals routinely go through owners bags and purses when the owners were sleeping" paul drewes kitv 4 news Not all veterinarians have seen cases of pets on pot, but even several who have not - admit the number of drugged dogs and cats COULD be higher. They say that's because owners may not admit marijuana could be the culprit -- even if animals are acting stoned.