Friday, October 3, 2014

Marijuana For Dogs?

Ms. C asks:
I have a very strange suggestion...idea... And please forgive me if this offends but when it comes to my dogs I'd do anything to help ease the pain.  Would pot work on dogs going though chemo the same way it helps people?  I know everyone has a difference of opinion on this matter, I'm just throwing the idea out there. I'd get it for my dogs if it meant being able to help them go through the chemo with less discomfort.

No offense. I heard they were actually researching the idea. ( Medical Marijuana For Animals) Not sure if its legal yet. When Benny was going through his chemotherapy, the Oncologist said she would change up the shot since Benny had a reaction: nausea, lethargic, diarrhea. Overall, he did not appear to suffer as humans do. He was actually acting himself 99% of the time. I would never have let him suffer. It was the quality of life, not the quantity of time.
If you feel you would like to try it, go for. You know your babies best


initially posted on June 2, 2014


  1. We use a hemp (CBD) supplement for Smudge's epilepsy and it has helped her. She is has a much faster recovery after her seizures and the seizures are less intense. She has also had two episodes of pancreatitis caused by a combination of her other epilepsy meds and it seems that the hemp supplement has helped her with recovery from that as well. For epi dogs it is important to find a supplement that does not contain rosemary as it can lower the seizure threshold. Some places use rosemary as a preservative. The hemp we use is legal in all 50 states.

  2. I would give it a try, my mom's BFF got mediacl weed too to cover the pains and sideeffects of her chemo. I also heard it can help at dogs with cateract (but that was just a post in a dog forum, not sure if it is true)

  3. Ask Mother is serving a great purpose here!! It is nice to have a sounding board for Q&A
    Hugs madi your bfff

  4. ok...not to out myself here but my dog Broo is epileptic. When we see a seizure coming we use marijuana on him - it has %100 stopped the seizure from happening. If he has already started to seizure, he stops within a few minutes. It has absolutely changed his life. Excited to hear about the research.

  5. at first I was going to make a joke, until I realized that this is a serious question. I remember my mother-in-law was given medical marijuana for her cancer, if it helps humans I would hope it would help woofies too xoxo

  6. BRAVO to Ms C. fur ASKING and to YOU fur Answering it so Beautifully...
    The Feelings on this hill are.... IF it HELPS... GO FUR IT...
    We had Heard some whispers about HEMP SUPLIMENTS really helping with the awful Seizure Monster... Who would not do anything SAFE to make their Pet's Life EASIER.

  7. Definitely do your research, an acquaintance of mine tried this on her dog and it made the dog's symptoms worse. Animals can sometimes react in unexpected ways to human medication, and I think "pot" is no different. Hopefully the research will come in soon and we'll know for sure. :)

  8. Mom told us that in the 70's . . . oh wait . . . what mom???? Oh, never mind . . . she said we couldn't write that.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  9. Hmmm...maybe I will give catnip a try first.

  10. I hope they are researching this, cause I thinks it could help a lot of animals. I would definitely give it a try. Especially the hemp supplements.
    Research, research, research.
    Ruby ♥

  11. Mom says she would give it to Phantom if it would make his life more comfortable. Only good research will let us know if it will work.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  12. I think more research and legalization should be put into it. It's a great idea.

  13. Here in Colorado, pot is legal. But the authorities keep warning everyone that it's *very* bad for pets. I need to research it more to know what the details are.

    Like Benny, my K seemed to feel about 99% normal during chemo. She ate great and had no tummy issues (her only issues were low blood counts). However, I've since learned that, in general, veterinary medicine gives pets relatively lower doses of chemo than humans get. I was told (by a vet) that the reason is that pets can't decide for themselves whether they want to suffer through high dose chemo.

    I was actually a little angry when I learned that. If you have a pet who is tolerating chemo super well, why can't you be offered the option of increasing the dose? No one ever did that when K was tolerating it so well.

  14. Well why not? If it could help ease the pain and discomfort, go for it. There's medical marijuana up here for people that's legal. Of course you need a doctor's prescription but after that you're good to go.

  15. Good advice and anything to ease the pain and make them more comfortable. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  16. We don't know. There is a debate here if the oil should be allowed for some patients, so far, it's not. We're so happy that the chemo didn't seem to bother Benny.

  17. Our mom would also do just about anything to make us feel better. Medical marijuana is not legal where we live, so it wouldn't be an option for us. In places where it is legal, the warnings about pets is probably really valid and important. From what we've read, the pets who have suffered bad consequences likely ate marijuana cooked inside something. Like all medicinal plants, marijuana needs more research to determine therapeutic doses. We would guess that the dogs who ate marijuana likely ate a lot more than a therapeutic dose which caused them to be sick. Too much of anything can be bad.
    Quincy handled his chemo very well, but we met other dogs who did not do well at all. We had ginger on hand to help with nausea and an antacid. Mast cell cancer releases histamine which can cause stomach upset with or without chemo. Quincy got the antacid daily to prevent any of that.


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