Monday, August 12, 2013

Pot goes to the dogs as pet owners turn to medical marijuana for ailing animals

Los Angeles veterinarian Dr. Doug Kramer supports using medical marijuana
to treat pain in pets after his experience with his own
Siberian husky Nikita during her final weeks.

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.

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