Using Medical Cannabis for Pets
More and more veterinarians believe that cannabis is an effective treatment for a variety of illnesses in dogs and cats. Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can help stimulate appetite, relieve anxiety, reduce pain, and much, much, more. However, current laws do not allow them to discuss it with you. More research is necessary before the pet industry joins the cannabis community.
Much is underway to ensure this happens. People are advocating for the use of cannabis in animals. Some are lobbying for political approval. Others are making cannabidiol products specifically for dogs, cats and horses. Even more are giving it to their pets with great success. The future of cannabis for pets looks very bright indeed, but it will take time for it to become widely available for them.
When using medical cannabis for pets, it is crucial that you look out for adverse side effects, such as loss of balance and other signs of physical or mental stress.
1. No Prescriptions
You will not be able to get cannabis for dogs and cats at your local veterinarian. Vets do not yet have legal authority to prescribe it for them or store it on their premises. You will need to be a medical patient yourself with your own access to cannabidiol products. Currently, cannabis conversations between vets and pet owners happen very, very carefully to avoid anyone getting into legal trouble.
2. Dose Intelligently
Giving animals human-sized dosages of cannabis can be disastrous for them. It is unwise to try to extrapolate the right dosage either. Too much THC can cause extreme distress in animals and lead to serious health problems. Keep your own stash out of accidental reach, and start your pet slowly on the right product for his or her needs. Watch for negative side effects, such as vomiting, pacing or diarrhea.
3. Consider Hemp
Access to cannabis products is very easy in California, but this is not true everywhere. Regardless of where you live, invest in hemp-based cannabinoids for your pets instead. Hemp has a very low THC content and is very high in cannabidiol. This means that hemp has the medicinal properties to treat your pets, but it will not give them that psychoactive high.
4. Treat Accordingly
Animals suffer the same ailments that we do, from anxiety to arthritis, stress, seizures, and even cancer. When used properly, marijuana is extremely versatile and effective for most conditions affecting pets today. Although the dosage is not the same as for humans, treatment is. Choose the right strains according to your pet’s condition.
5. Administer Properly
Pets cannot smoke weed. For this reason, you need to choose another method of administration. Edibles are available for pets, such as soft chews and biscuits, but tinctures offer the best solution. They contain set amounts of cannabinoids, which makes dosing much easier by the drop or milliliter. Medicating is also extremely easy. Simply drop it directly on the tongue or mix it with food.
When using medical cannabis for pets, it is crucial that you look out for adverse side effects, such as loss of balance and other signs of physical or mental stress. Although veterinarians will not recommend cannabis for dogs and cats, it is important that they know you are using it. To treat your pet properly, your vet must be aware of all aspects of his or her treatment.
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