As a potential role model, I advocate it.
February 27, 2013 2:44 PM Subscribe
Then Christine stumbled upon a controversial homemade herbal remedy that she credits with enormously improving her dog's quality of life. She's grateful that, in his final year, Sampson weighed in at a robust 106 pounds and lived free of the wracking pain that had haunted him. Whereas before Sampson had been too weak to walk, almost overnight he became a born-again youngster. "He was a puppy again, happy and playful," Christine recalls. "He'd trot around the house with his toys in his mouth, wanting to play fetch!" Legalize medical marijuana for dogs!
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(Don't miss the great picture of Mason the Vizsla looking very relaxed!)
As attitudes toward marijuana become more liberal in much of the US, more vets are prescribing medical marijuana as palliative care for dogs with cancer and undergoing cancer treatment. It is still illegal to prescribe medical marijuana for dogs. Dr. Doug Kramer, who lost his pal Nikita the Husky to cancer, explains his resolution to prescribe the drug:
“The decision was an easy one for me to make," he says. "I refuse to condemn my patients to a miserable existence for self preservation or concerns about what may or may not happen to me as a consequence of my actions. My freedom of speech is clearly protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. This is an issue of animal welfare, plain and simple. Remaining silent would represent a clear violation of the veterinarian’s oath I took when I was admitted into this profession."
However, dogs should only take carefully measured doses of the drug -- when they break into their owners' medicine it can be disorienting and unpleasant