Pot Goes To the Dogs As Pet Owners Turn To Medical Marijuana for Ailing Animals

Before his owners started dosing him with a daily drop of marijuana, Garfield the cat’s nine lives were rapidly running out.

The 18-year-old feline — whose name has been changed to protect patient confidentiality — suffered from a host of painful conditions.

These included thyroid and heart disease, severe arthritis, renal failure and chronic pancreatitis, a condition that caused him to lose his appetite and experience pain in his abdomen, said veterinarian Dr. Kathy Kramer of the Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital.

But when his owners started giving Garfield a daily drop of medical marijuana in the form of a tincture, the cat seemed to take a near-miraculous turn for the better.

Now the ailing feline, who had previously lost the desire to eat, demands his food and seems to have less pain, said Kramer.

“He’s still got a lot of health issues, but for now he is stable and he eats like a champ,” she said.

Garfield’s owners are part of a growing movement of animal lovers looking at pot to treat pain in their sick and aging pets.

– Read the entire article at The Province.

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