Can I Give My Dog Marijuana?

Can I Give My Dog Marijuana?If your dog is in pain, or just needs to chill, can you help by getting them high with marijuana? It can induce a state of calm, but sharing pot with a pooch is very controversial!

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Weed isn’t something that dogs should be exposed to. It could be a terrible experience for an animal. Set aside your own marijuana beliefs and do what’s right for the pet.

While ganja can ease pain, like arthritis, there are better solutions for your dog. Use a treatment option that won’t involve altering their mental state like marijuana does.

Can I Give My Dog Marijuana? Answer: No, bad idea

Recreational drugs, whether it be pot, alcohol or anything else shouldn’t be given.

Marijuana is smoked, sometimes eaten, by consenting individuals. Obviously your dog cannot give the okay. So it’s a personal choice that a four-legged friend cannot make. Besides, pot can harm your dog’s lungs (even with only second-hand smoke).

We cannot advise anyone to allow a dog to get high from marijuana. We know lots of people visiting here won’t like this recommendation. 

Medicinal Marijuana

What about giving a dog marijuana for certain medical conditions or anxiety?

It’s true that marijuana is sometimes legally prescribed for problems ranging from cataracts to terminal illnesses. But it’s quite a jump to think this carries over to your dog.

If you’ve done so already and they seemed at ease, then fine. But we wouldn’t recommend it for folks considering pot for their dogs, especially for the first time.

Alternatives to Weed

It seems unfair that dogs don’t have a catnip equivalent. There must be something that’s harmless which also alters their state the way catnip does for cats.

Dogs are so in the moment, so supercharged, they’re already having a mellow life experience. They don’t normally need help mentally. Canine depression is another story.

You may think cannabis would be good because it would be calming. For a jumpy dog, that needs to sleep better or just be soothed, try Melatonin which is also natural.

Some herbs such as basil have a mild calming effect, but nothing near marijuana’s strength.

Pot Not Natural for Dogs

Obviously dogs would never have the opportunity to smoke marijuana. They don’t have the capacity or understanding to even consider it.

Sure, your dog can eat some but that’s still not something that would be natural. They’d clearly be seeking food instead of the effects of marijuana.

Unfortunately, some young people think it’s funny to see a canine in such a state like this or drunk.

Second Hand Smoke

If you are worried about harming your dog’s lungs by smoking marijuana in their vicinity, keep them away from the smoke. Put them outside while you are inhaling marijuana.

While others may tell funny stories about what happened when their dog got a whiff, it’s not responsible pet ownership.

Conclusion on Marijuana

Since some states have legalized marijuana, there’s talk about dogs getting their paws on pot. There’s an uptick in pets needing treatment for consuming weed. Between novice pot smokers and immature kids, this activity is becoming more of an issue for dogs. For pain, there are smarter options. Marijuana isn’t appropriate for dogs.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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