A recent article in Yahoo news profiles a veterinarian in Los Angeles who believes medical marijuana could benefit dogs as well as people. In fact, this particular veterinarian has a personal story about giving dogs medical marijuana.
The veterinarian, who described herself as being disappointed in having to euthanize animals for pain and suffering started giving her own Siberian Husky medical marijuana when the Husky was recovering after surgery. After getting medical marijuana, the dog was able to start eating again, gained some of her weight back and had more energy. These effects, of course, are similar to what people who use medical marijuana themselves experience when they use it to treat pain.
Even though this veterinarian had good results using medical marijuana, dogs can overdose on marijuana. This can cause a wide range of symptoms and, because medical marijuana hasn't been tested thoroughly in animals as of yet, pet owners do take a significant risk in giving it to their pets.
Nonetheless, another pet owner in the article reports good results using medical marijuana to help her dog, as well. In fact, both of the pet owners profiled said that their dogs enjoyed a higher quality of life after being treated with medical marijuana.
Anybody who has ever had marijuana and a pet knows that pets will get in the marijuana if they find it. This is one of the reasons that it has to be stored responsibly. A dog or a cat may find marijuana, eat it, and end up getting way too high of a dose, and suffering potentially serious side effects because of it.
As far as treatments go, they are still being developed. The woman profiled in the article uses a drop of extract to treat her dog and recommends one drop per 10 pounds of animal being treated. Of course, this treatment has not been clinically studied as of yet, so it's important to realize that there may be some serious risks involved in this type of treatment.
What it Offers
For some pet owners, the end of their pet's life comes with a horrible decision. The pet ends up being in so much pain that it seems cruel to allow them to go on living but, then again, human beings who are in a great deal of pain are certainly not euthanized because of it.
If you do have a pet who is suffering, it may be worth it to research this issue more. It's already been demonstrated over and over again that human beings suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy, pain from surgery and other conditions can benefit tremendously from medical marijuana. It goes without saying that, for people who own pets, those pets are family.
Nobody would let a family member suffer if they could stop it. If you do have a pet who is suffering, make sure you do the research and make sure that it's safe, but you may want to take a look at whether or not medical marijuana may be a better solution than euthanasia and if it may allow your pet to enjoy another good year or two with your family.