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Should Medical Marijuana be Legalized for Pets?

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Should Medical Marijuana be Legalized for Pets?

My readers know I think “out of the box” when it comes to pets. After all, I create music for dogs (and cats soon) that relieves anxiety issues. Canine sound therapy isn’t exactly seen as a mainstream behavior solution in the pet world. I have put my reputation as a concert pianist on the line because of my deep desire to help improve the lives of dogs and cats. So, you can imagine how intrigued I was when I read about  Dr. Doug Kramer, BVMS, MRCVS in Dogster. He is putting his professional veterinary career at risk to help relieve the pain and suffering of pets. He can’t legally write a prescription for cannabis, but he can give recommendations. He provides professional consultations that include instructions in how to administer cannabis to pets. I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Dr. Kramer. “My goal is to provide palliative care and prevent accidental overdoses resulting from owners’ well-meaning attempts to relieve their pets’ pain and suffering,” he said.

Dr. Kramer saw firsthand how cannabis can benefit dogs through watching his Husky dog, Niki, when she was in the late stages of cancer. “After the first dose, she was up and about. Her appetite was restored and she was able to enjoy her last months because of a homemade tincture of cannabis I created for her. The pain appeared to be controlled and her quality of life increased dramatically.”

Dr. Kramer takes his veterinary oath very seriously: “Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.”

Dr. Kramer's Patient Thanks Him

He believes he is living up to that oath when he includes cannabis consultations as part of his overall treatment plan for pet patients through his veterinary practice Enlightened Veterinary Therapeutics.


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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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3:20PM PST on Nov 21, 2014

Some animals will eat it raw ... all will mixed in their food, is not additive

7:49AM PDT on Oct 26, 2013

I have used as a great resource for pet health information. I know for at least the past 10 years that their site list marijuana as a food toxic to dogs. I have never known them to be incorrect with their information.

2:01PM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Marijuana has tremendous health benefits for both humans and animals alike

12:58AM PDT on Jun 15, 2013

if you've ever had an elder pet who stopped eating, got cancer, got really sick its a no brainer

2:08PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Excellent idea, and no doubt much better than conventional meds with all their horrible side effects.

4:17AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013

thanks for sharing

3:31AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

He probably shouldn't have fed his husky the Chinese biscuits, it would have saved so much anguish..

3:23PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

People feed their pets all sorts of garbage pet companies sell, humans use alcohol and smoke cigarettes.....those alter the mind, and maybe worse...this plant was used as a healing plant for centuries. Just because people abuse it...and what isn't eventually abused by humans....doesn't mean it isn't beneficial. There are very few vet medicines that help pain for animals, I know, I've had animals for years. These medicines also have very bad side effects...why not use's proven to work in humans...and for those who wonder if it will work in animals....why are human drugs all tested on animals if there is no correlation to their reactions and our to that drug?

11:10AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

I believe in it, we have used it for ur aging dog in a lot of pain and after words he would get up and walk.

1:22AM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

So, Camilla, in your expert opinion, if no "drugs", what would you suggest as far as "medications"? Do you not understand that all medications are DRUGS? Marijuana is actually just a plant, a weed.

Interstellar, the only way "M.J." would be given to dogs would be in edible form. Nobody in their right mind would suggest having them "smoke" or inhale it, although I have seen some people blow THEIR exhaled smoke in their pets' faces, and I think that is too ridiculously stupid to even try to address, and it is borderline abusive. NOBODY likes having 2nd hand smoke blown at them, and animals don't like it, some become agitated, actually.

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