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Thank you for your question regarding your poodle who may have eaten some Marijuana. The signs you will see if this is the case include: incoordination, listlessness, stupor, along with dilated pupils, slow heart rate gastrointestinal signs and sometimes urinary incontinence.
If less than 30 minutes have passed since the marijuana has been eaten it may be possible to induce vomiting, but after symptoms have started the nausea control properties of Marijuana make it very difficult to induce vomiting. Induce vomiting with one of the following:
Hydrogen peroxide 3%: 5-10 ml via the mouth, may be repeated once. Make sure the hydrogen peroxide is active i.e. it should bubble and fizz. Feeding a few pieces of bread may improve vomiting efficiency and give bulk to push out the agent.
Ipecac syrup: 2.2 ml/kg via the mouth once. Dilute with equal parts water, administer by stomach tube before administration of charcoal.
Giving activated charcoal (which you can buy from you local drug store every eight hours for the first 24 hours helps reduce the severity and duration of signs. Mix activated charcoal into a slurry at a dose of 1 gram/ 5 ml of water; recommended dosage is 10 ml of slurry/kg via the mouth. In some animals, addition of food to the charcoal may entice the animal to eat the charcoal slurry. Most cases recover uneventually but the signs can last for several days. The chance of fatality is statistically small but possible and it is for this reason that ideally you would take your Poodle directly to your emergency Vet - fess up about what has been eaten and get your dog sorted!
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