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More Pet Poisoning Cases Reported Amid Marijuana Legalization Trend

There were 1,800 marijuana-related emergency calls in 2018.

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As more states legalize marijuana, veterinarians are seeing more reports of marijuana poisoning among pets.

In Massachusetts, for example, numerous edible marijuana products hit the market when the drug was legalized, and in some cases pets have consumed them, Wicked Local reports.

One veterinarian, Dr. Kiko Bracker, said it’s typical to see several such cases a week. Recreational marijuana use became legal in Massachusetts in 2016.

The increase in Massachusetts reflects a trend that’s also occurring elsewhere, especially in other states that have legalized marijuana.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reports that there were 1,800 marijuana-related emergency calls in 2018. Ten years earlier, there were only 208.

Pets that ingest marijuana can experience symptoms such as sleepiness, vomiting and depression, Wicked Local reports. Death is possible, but rare.

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Bracker explained that the symptoms are similar to what a human experiences, but that in many cases the pet is ingesting a relatively higher dose given its lower body weight.

Read more at the Wicked Local

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Some Cities Are Dropping Pet Licensing Requirements ⁠— Here’s Why

License tags may be becoming obsolete.

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Cary, NC, just dropped its licensing requirements for dogs and cats as more people get their pets microchipped.

Compliance with the requirements was low — officials estimate that only 5 percent of the pets that animal control had contact with each year were licensed, the News & Observer reports. By contrast, 75 were microchipped.

And the licensing program was costing more money than it brought in. About 900 license tags were issued each year, generating $10,000 in revenue.

Rabies tags are still required by state law.

Cary is just one of several communities in the Triangle region of North Carolina that have discontinued such requirements, the News & Observer reports.

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Raleigh dropped the requirements seven years ago, and Durham County did the same in 2013. Wake County also does not require licensing.

A number of other communities across the U.S. have also dropped their requirements, including Richland, WA, in June.

Read more at the News & Observer

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$34M Factory Will Produce Dry Dog and Cat Food

It’s expected to open in early 2021.

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DRUMMONDVILLE, QUEBEC — The Groupe Inovo, a family poultry business, and Groupe Legault, a family business that owns Mondou pet store chain, are planning a C$45 million (US$34 million) manufacturing plant.

The facility, to be called Jupiter, will be located in Drummondville and will manufacture dry dog and cat food, according to a press release. It will create about 50 jobs over the next five years.

The plant will be located on Route 139 in the Drummondville Industrial Park, near highways 55 and 20 as well as the U.S. border.

The site was chosen “to allow the plant to be more agile in its exports to the United States,” according to the release.

Construction began in July and will take approximately 18 months to complete, with an expected opening in early 2021.

The project will be supported financially by Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Investissement Québec and Desjardins, in addition to Groupe Inovo and Groupe Legault.

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‘World’s Cutest Rescue Dog’ Revealed (VIDEO)

She’s a 6-year-old Keeshond.

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People magazine has announced the winner of its second annual World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest.

It’s Kasey, a 6-year-old Keeshond. She beat out 7,000 other dogs to claim the 2019 title.

He rewards include an appearance on the Today show, a year’s supply of dog food from Pedigree and a $1,000 donation earmarked for the Keeshond Affiliated Rescuers of the Mid-Atlantic, according to People.

 

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