Northwest Animal Hospital

4575 North Chestnut Street
(adjacent to Wells Fargo Bank)
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Pot Edible Hospitalizes Dog

COLORADO SPRINGS – Nationwide, pet owners have faced cases of people trying to poison dogs with tainted treats. But in Colorado, it’s taking a new twist, with pot edibles.

The issue made its way to one pet owner’s own backyard in Colorado Springs.

“It was like the most stressful puppy parenting night of our lives,” said Courtney Olson.

Olson and her husband had just finished dinner and let their 13-year-old dog, Sophie, outside in the backyard.

“At 7:30pm we noticed she started acting all crazy, like it looked like she was having a seizure,” said Olson.

Things only got worse from there.

“She kept shaking uncontrollably and every time we would pet her she would wince and she couldn’t stand up and it was just horrible to see her that distraught,” she said.

Not knowing what was wrong, they took Sophie to an emergency veterinarian hospital.

“We walked in and they were like “do you have recreational drugs in the house?” And we’re like no, and the only thing she had done is she was out in the yard, we let her run around at night,” said Olson.

The vet put Sophie on an IV to flush her system and did blood work. The results showed traces of marijuana in her system.

“We are seeing a lot more cases of marijuana toxicity in our area,” said Dr. John Sudduth.

Dr. Sudduth works at Northwest Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs and said in most of the cases he’s seen, the marijuana consumption is an accidental. He said either a pet owner has marijuana edibles in the home that the pet got a hold of or the edibles were discarded somewhere outside.

“Most of the time it doesn’t result in death but there can be cases where you have the small animal that they get enough of the marijuana it can result in death,” warned Sudduth.

In Sophie’s case, it’s likely the pot treat was thrown over the fence.

“Either someone was being reckless and thought it would be funny, or someone was just tossing something when they were supposed to not have it on them,” said Olson.

Olson hopes no one was trying to harm her dog, but feels violated by the whole incident.

“That someone would do that, like this is my own personal property and we have a fence just for our dog to feel like they can wonder around,” said Olson.

In the Olson’s case, there isn’t much they could have done to prevent it, Olson said she never thought she needed to check her own backyard for hazards but might start doing so.

Sudduth said if you know your pet consumed marijuana you should contact your vet. He said he if they’re showing signs of marijuana toxicity, such as seizures, depression, vomiting, loss of coordination or extra salivation, you should also call your vet and bring them in to see a doctor if the symptoms become severe.

Your Colorado Springs Veterinarian

If you are looking for the best veterinarian in Colorado Springs, look no further than the Northwest Animal Hospital & Pet Care Center. Located on 4575 North Chestnut Street, this center offers a wide variety of services for pet owners, and a stellar team of four veterinarians - Dr. John H. Suddoth, the founding veterinarian, Dr. Jessa Kocher, Dr. Elbert and Dr. Kevin Lisenbee.

Wellness Checkups and Exams

A Colorado Springs veterinarian will be happy to provide wellness exams and checkups. These checkups allow the vets to detect any potential problems before they have a chance to become serious. They also provide a baseline so that future visits will be much easier for both you and your pets.

Pet Vaccinations

Proper vaccination of your pets is necessary to protect them from a large number of diseases. Vaccinations and boosters for cats include rabies, feline distemper, calicivirus, feline herpesvirus, bordatella, and FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus). Vaccinations and boosters for dogs include rabies 1 year and 3 year, distemper, parvovirus, CAV-1 - canine hepatitis, CAV-2 - kennel cough, bordatella, parainfluenza, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and canine influenza.

Puppy and Kitten Care

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs would like you to bring in your kitten or puppy early for a nose-to-tail exam, and to let them get familiar with the hospital and the staff. At this early visit, a veterinarian will talk to you about nutrition, behavioral training, vaccinations, socialization, and much more.

Pet Dental Services

A Colorado Springs veterinarian would like to talk with you about the necessity of dental care for your pet. Approximately 70% of cats and 80% of dogs older than 3 have some variety of dental disease. Our staff performs complete cleanings and will discuss yellow or brown teeth, bad breath, and what can be done if your pet is having problems eating.

Parasite Prevention

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs would like to talk to you about how important it is to prevent parasites. It costs much less to prevent parasites compared to treatment costs that can be stressful and expensive.

Radiology and Surgery

At the Colorado Springs Northwest Animal Hospital, we use radiology as a diagnostic tool to be able to non-invasively look inside your pet's body to view their internal organs. If a problem is seen, we provide a number of surgical options. 

Emergency Veterinary Services

Senior Care, Hospice, and Euthanasia

Our animal hospital provides services for all stages of your pet's life. Our senior care includes creating a health plan outlining a changed diet, exercise, and guidelines to prevent common aging problems. We also offer compassionate, understanding hospice care and euthanasia when the time comes to say goodbye to your cat or dog. We try to accommodate all special requests.

Other Services

A veterinarian in Colorado Springs offers a wide variety of additional services for your pet. We offer pet boarding, doggie daycare, and pet grooming. We also offer laser therapy, pet microchipping, nutritional counseling, an on site laboratory, pain management, and veterinary walk-ins.

Contact Information

Contact a Colorado Springs veterinarian and schedule an appointment online, or call us at 719-593-8582. Our office is adjacent to Wells Fargo Bank at 4575 N. Chestnut Street in Colorado Springs, CO.

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