Cannabis—marijuana—is still the subject of very heated debates. Despite the resistance and opinions of many, the substance is legal, both medically and for recreation, in some states, and even more are considering making it so. Legal medicinal cannabis isn’t always something that is smoked; it is taken in oil and pill form, too. It is most often used as a milder treatment than other available medications for things like pain and anxiety. Since there are doctors and patients who insist cannabis works so well, and does so safely and naturally, of course there are those looking into the possibilities of cannabis for pets.
Cannabis Oil for Pets
Cannabis oil is the form of treatment that some veterinarians are recommending for dogs. The oil is made from the marijuana plants via extraction. According to vets who recommend and prescribe legal cannabis for treatment, this oil can treat pain, anxiety, seizures, stress, and more. In all these cases, the oil is meant to relieve the pain and calm the body. These vets argue that, unlike other prescription medications, marijuana doesn’t pose the same risks of kidney and liver damage, and doesn’t cause the same level of sedation.
Of course, that does not mean that cannabis has absolutely no side effects. Though it’s considered gentle, a pet can still overdose on it if given too much. That is why it is essential that any cannabis for pets be prescribed by a vet legally, and the dosage carefully administered to exact specifications. The vet must rule out any potential negative reactions.
Details like this are why the use of cannabis for treating pets is still debated; the research determining the right amount of cannabis oil for pets has not been confirmed, yet. And, as long as the use of marijuana in general continues to be so hotly debated, its use for treating pets will not be considered the most important part of the conversation.
For now, what you can do for your pets is reach out to your veterinarian for help. Bring your pets to Pet Vet Hospital for the best possible care.