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Should Medical Marijuana be Legalized for Pets?

Cannabis, sometimes referred to as MM (medical marijuana), can work as an appetite stimulant and has even been used effectively for cats with behavior issues and dogs with arthritis. Dr. Kramer shared, “At the end of life, it is so painful to see a pet whose mind is fully there, but their body isn’t. Cannabis can offer great relief and make their final days of life so much more comfortable.”

Dr. Kramer shared with me a common expression used widely in veterinary practices, “Never let the sun set without steroids.” He’d like to change that to, “Never let the sun set without cannabis.”

I shared with him my recent experience with my own dog, Sanchez. Thankfully Sanchez is now fully recovered with the help of rest and acupuncture, but before he got treatment for a slipped disc in his neck, he was in massive pain. Had I known about Dr. Kramer six months ago, I would have consulted with him.

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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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Not healthy. I'll pass ... Thanks.

I do think cats and dogs were designed to ear meat.

Keep it up; keep posting more n more n more.

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