Thinking Of Using Marijuana As Pain Relief For Your Dog? Don’t!

With the debate about the medicinal use of marijuana raging, it was inevitable that dog and Veterinary medicine would get dragged into the discussion:

‘According to a study by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’s Animal Poison Control Center, which included 250 cases of pet marijuana consumption, no deaths directly related to marijuana consumption were reported. One cat death occurred due to existing cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease), and the only other death was a horse “with signs attributed to colic.” The study primarily focused on dogs.’

I have seen a number of dog marijuana poisonings and yes, the dogs didn’t die and there were no long lasting health effects.

The problem is – I wouldn’t call what the dogs feel ‘pain relief’.

The relaxant and motor neuron effects of the drug are always evident (the dogs stumble and fall) but so is the severe level of anxiety, disorientation and fear. This is seen even at low doses.

So for all those responsible owners looking for an effective pain relief for your dog – how about going to the Veterinarian and getting something that actually works.

And for those looking for another legitimate-sounding reason to promote their own drug taking – how about you deal with your own problems and keep the dogs out of it!

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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