Lea dog owner warns of dangers after Rodney the Basset Hound falls ill from eating ‘cannabis’ at Haslam Park

Posted on - 27th February, 2021 - 2:17pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Lea, Preston News
Fran Atkinson and Rodney
Fran and ‘soppy’ Rodney

A Lea dog owner is warning others to be vigilant after her pooch fell ill from consuming what was believed to be cannabis during a walk in Haslam Park.


Fran Atkinson and and her 7-year-old Basset Hound Rodney were in the Ashton-on-Ribble park last Saturday (20 February) when the incident happened, which resulted in Rodney needing urgent veterinary treatment.

Fran said: “We were heading home from the park when Rodney’s back legs suddenly went and he was swaying from side to side. On the way to the vet he was sick in the car.

“When the vet saw Rodney, he confirmed he’d had something toxic, possibly cannabis, and was showing signs of ataxia.

“Rodney was given an apomorphine jab to promote further sickness to get all the toxins out of his system. The vet also advised fluid therapy, but I decided to monitor him at home as he suffers from separation anxiety.”

It took Rodney a good 24-hours to recover from his ordeal

While Rodney has made a good recovery, Fran is worried that others could be in danger.

“After the incident my partner and I are much more wary about our dogs picking things up. We are normally fairly relaxed yet I feel a bit paranoid now, which is understandable.

“I’m hoping this article will raise awareness, just in case it happens to anyone else’s pets. It was a worry not knowing what Rodney had eaten and whether he would make it.”

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