With several states deregulating marijuana in the past year, a California veterinarian is sparking debate over whether America’s sick pets could benefit from some bud.
Doug Kramer, the pet doctor behind the Vet Guru animal veterinary center, tells a compelling story of how his dog, Nikita, used a THC treatment to “increase her quality of life” while she suffered from untreatable cancer.
“She had gone through all of the traditional pain medications, even steroids. When it became clear that she was nearing the end, that’s when she had nothing to lose, as long as it didn’t hurt her,” the vet told Vice Magazine. “At the first dosage, she was up and around.”
Kramer sells a guide on his website that instructs readers how to create an herbal extract in their own home, though for legal reasons he has removed all references to medicinal marijuana in his book. He thinks treating pets with medicinal marijuana could help owners to put off putting their ill pets down without the guilt of knowing they are in pain.
A poll released earlier this month showed more than 50 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana, though the poll did not specify whether it was intended for human or animal consumption.
Before some of you pet lovers get all up-in-arms over drug-addicted animals…
If the push for kush for pets grows, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals could get on board with the movement, according to PETA president Ingrid Newkirk.
“Our position is that anything that can help animals – if it’s truly, properly administered in the right amount [and] can relieve a dog’s pain – then they should be given the same consideration that humans in pain are given,” Newkirk told ABC News Friday.
Newkirk stressed that there is a high potential for abuse when pets and marijuana are brought together.
“People amuse themselves by blowing smoke in a dog’s face to get him high or getting the cat drunk, and so, you know, that’s something that one has to guard against,” she said. “It has to be a genuine medical need, and if that is the best course of treatment then we are in favor of it.”
There you have it folks. Roll up…for you AND your piff-puffin’ pooch.
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