The Vet Who Wants to Legalize Medical Marijuana For Dogs

Now that it’s possible to legally buy and smoke marijuana in many parts of the US, it’s safe to say that weed and its by-products will be ingested freely throughout the country in the next decade. But have you ever shotgunned a blunt into your dog’s face? If you have, you’re an asshole and should never do it again. But that doesn’t mean your pooch doesn’t like to get high, especially if it’s sick. Veterinarian Doug Kramer is among a small number of experts who believe THC could help canines cope with debilitating and chronic conditions just like it helps humans. I called Dr. Kramer to see how his crusade was going.

VICE: How did you first think to treat sick pups with pot?

Dr. Kramer: A client first brought it to my attention. She was a bit eccentric, but she was a very intelligent woman. She had a pet that was not responding well to any of the pain medications or the steroids that we were giving it, and she wanted to talk about getting medical marijuana. The other vets at the practice were pretty dismissive, but she saw that I was willing to listen.

I read somewhere that at some point your dog, Nikita, was diagnosed with untreatable cancer. You had tried pretty much everything, right?

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. At the first dosage, she was up and around. I didn’t cure her. It was just a question of increasing her quality of life and putting off inevitably euthanizing her.

– Read the entire article at Vice.

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  1. Anonymous on

    I get hyper and really wild but just a few hits of reg weed and I’m chill as can be :3

  2. M.SebastianPatrick on

    I had a dachshund who would follow me to the garden door daily whenhe started getting sick: he would eat several fresh leaves per day-even the vet didn’t suspect cancer until his last day-dog first wizzed blood 6 months before his end-and now that I’ve seen”run fom the cure” (and experienced) the result-aunt w/ stage III breast cancer-no chemo.-no radiation-ONLY oil+diet:cancer free @ 6 month diagnosis-I know the leaves prolonged his life& its’ quality-and yes my bassetthound was born on 4/20-and she gets a dash of cannaoliveoil on every meal; lump on her back was size of walnut-now small marble-dog has more energy not less-is not out of it and responds quite well to her regimen.

  3. M.SebastianPatrick on

    I had a dachshund who would follow me to the garden door daily whenhe started getting sick: he would eat several fresh leaves per day-even the vet didn’t suspect cancer until his last day-dog first wizzed blood 6 months before his end-and now that I’ve seen”run fom the cure” (and experienced) the result-aunt w/ stage III breast cancer-no chemo.-no radiation-ONLY oil+diet:cancer free @ 6 month diagnosis-I know the leaves prolonged his life& its’ quality-and yes my bassetthound was born on 4/20-and she gets a dash of cannaoliveoil on every meal; lump on her back was size of walnut-now small marble-dog has more energy not less-is not out of it and responds quite well to her regimen.