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Poison control helpline calls surge for pet cannabis exposure

Mackenzie Meleski/Capital News Service | INSIDENOVA

"The Pet Poison Helpline reported an increase nationwide and in Virginia of calls concerning cannabis poisoning in household pets... Cannabis ranks as the No. 8 toxin for dogs in Virginia, according to helpline data. Chocolate is the No. 1 and No. 2 toxin for dogs and cats, respectively, according to helpline data. The Virginia Poison Center reported an overall 286% increase in cases of pet exposure to cannabis from 2018 to 2022, according to Schmid. There was a 90.5% increase from calls made in 2021 to 2022."

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