Although they may not show it half the time, pets do feel pain too. Older dogs get arthritis, some end up with cancer, and some even have seizures. With the legalization of medical marijuana in some states and some even allow for a small amount of recreational use, can they also legalize it for pet use? Can medical marijuana help pets with their pain too? According to a report by All Pet News on May 10, a doctor from California is trying to make it so pet owners can use marijuana to help with their pets pain as well.
It is not about blowing smoke in your pets face and giving them a contact high. It is about using marijuana to ease pets pain as well. Dr. Kramer from California turns to his own experience with his dog who ended up with terminal cancer. Since his dog was dying, he wanted to ensure she had a high quality life during her remaining years. Since medical marijuana is legal in California, he decided to try it on her.
Pet advocates, PETA are supporting this as long as it is not used to get the pets high by blowing it in their face. With the support of PETA, Dr. Kramer hopes that veterinarians will step up and not only support medical marijuana for pets but create something that is safe with marijuana in it to give to pets everywhere. He hopes to be able to come up with some type of painkiller that is in between aspirin and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory that won’t knock pets out.
Although this may be a good thing, it is not recommended to experiment with pot on your pet whether for medical use or not. Dr. Kramer is afraid that pet owners will give their pet weed laced with dangerous drugs that will make them sick or kill them.
What do you think about this? If given the chance, would you give medical marijuana to your pets to help ease their pain?
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