As the cannabis industry grows, so do pet poisonings from consumption of cannabis edibles and other cannabis products left lying around by pet owners. In 2019, for example, Veterinary Practice News reported that the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center experienced a 765% increase in calls about cannabis poisonings in pets.
Since Then, Cannabis Sales Have Only Grown
Despite COVID-19’s massive economic impact on the retail sector at the start of 2020, the cannabis sector quickly rebounded:
- On June 30, 2020, Marijuana Business Daily reported that U.S. cannabis sales had risen 40% over the same period in 2019. New medical cannabis markets in Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania were booming, and recreational cannabis use had risen in Colorado and Washington.
- In January 2021, Deloitte released a report showing that by October 2020, cannabis stores had returned to roughly 80% of pre-pandemic sales levels, dramatically outperforming building supplies and gardening equipment, the second most recovered retail sector by October 2020.
Cannabis Sales Are Only Expected to Grow in 2021 and Beyond
Given the resiliency and growth of the cannabis industry, retail sales of cannabis are only forecast to continue upward:
- According to Grand View Research, the global cannabis market was valued at $17.7 billion U.S. in 2019 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 1% over the forecast period of 2020 to 2027.
- According to a Dec. 9, 2020 report by New Frontier Data, the pandemic only increased consumer consumption of cannabis, and the U.S. legal cannabis market is projected to double to $41.5 billion by 2025.
Educating Pet Owners About Pet Cannabis Poisoning Is Now More Important Than Ever
While projections have not been issued on how cannabis market growth may impact pet health, current data and trends make it reasonable to assume that more cannabis making its way into more homes will lead to more pet consumption and poisonings.
This means, it’s more important than ever this year during Pet Poison Prevention Month for veterinary teams to educate their clients about the risks of cannabis poisoning for pets.
To help you easily do that and save time, download our complimentary Pet Cannabis Poisoning Prevention Kit.
Available for a limited time, our kit includes:
- An infographic with pet cannabis poisoning prevention tips for clients.
- An educational handout for clients that you can print and hand to clients at curbside or send by email:
- Cannabis (Marijuana) Intoxication in Cats and Dogs: Synopsis of a ClientEd Handout
- Three social media images that you can post on Facebook to further educate your clients about the importance of pet cannabis poisoning prevention.
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