Report: Washington Has 2nd-Most Marijuana-Related Pet Health Claims

(CBS Seattle) — Washington’s pets have the second-most health claims related to marijuana toxicity and THC ingestion in the United States, according to Seattle pet insurer Trupanion.

The medical coverage provider has reportedly paid more than $54,000 to customers in pet health claims during the past two years. Veterinary costs to treat marijuana-related health issues can cost more than $1,600, according to Trupanion. The average amount paid out is about $290.

Only California has had more marijuana-related pet health claims during the same time span; New York finished third. Colorado, which legalized marijuana for recreational use at the same time as Washington, failed to break into the top seven of the list.

Signs of marijuana toxicity among pets include impaired coordination, drooling, vomiting, lethargy, depression, light and sound sensitivity, urine incontinence (where a pet will dribble urine uncontrollably), and in more serious cases, comas.

Trupanion notes, however, that Marijuana in its pure form has shown healing benefits in pets. The company’s coverage plan covers the medicinal use of marijuana for pets and herbal therapies involving the use of herbs, either as single products or in combination with other herbs and can be prescribed by veterinarians to help your pet overcome pain management, various forms of Cancer and tumors.

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