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Is your dog is in pain? Are you wondering if marijuana can help?
Getting high can create calm and reduce discomfort. Nevertheless, it’s controversial to share pot with your pet!
Here’s the deal:
Dogs really should not be exposed to weed. It could be a terrible experience for an innocent animal. And compared to humans, canines are more at risk of toxicity (keep reading to learn why).
For easing pain, there are better solutions than ganja. Avoid altering your buddy’s mental state or potentially exposing them to poisoning.
Do Not Give Your Dog Marijuana
Recreational drugs, whether it be pot, alcohol or anything else should not be used.
Mind-altering marijuana is smoked (sometimes eaten) by consenting individuals, and obviously your dog cannot give the OK.
But that’s not all…
There are biological reasons to refrain from getting your hound high!
What an Expert Says
Carlton Gyles, a Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology at the University of Guelph, put out a paper entitled, “Marijuana for pets?” which states the following:
“Dogs are reported to have a higher number of cannabinoid receptors in the brain compared with humans and it has been suggested that they may be more susceptible to the toxic effects than are humans.”
He also cites a study of 2 dogs that consumed baked goods that included concentrated medical grade THC. The animals died.
We cannot sign off on pet dogs getting high.
Yes, pot is known to be excellent for certain medical conditions and even anxiety.
Marijuana is legally prescribed for lots of problems (including terminal illnesses). But do these benefits carry over to dogs? Probably, at least to some extent.
More research is needed!
In the meantime…
If you’ve already gotten your dog high, and they seemed relaxed and at ease, then it’s no harm done. That said, we won’t advance the idea to folks considering weed for their dogs.
An Alternative to Ganja
Too bad dogs do not have a catnip equivalent.
When you think about it though, K9s are usually so in the moment that they’re often having a fairly mellow life experience by default.
On the other hand…
Jumpy dogs (that need to sleep better or just be soothed) may benefit from Melatonin instead.
FYI: We have a pet pain solutions article that’s worth checking out!
Not Natural For Dogs
Setting aside your own marijuana beliefs for a moment…
When you think about it, a pet pooch would never have the opportunity to get high.
Sure, your dog can eat some pot, but that would be by mistake. Their intent would be to seek food, not marijuana’s effects.
It cannot be stressed enough:
You can harm your dog’s lungs by smoking marijuana in their vicinity.
Keep them away!
Put your furry friend outside while you are enjoying marijuana. Allowing a dog to inhale is irresponsible pet ownership.
The Bottom Line
More and more dogs are getting their paws on pot as marijuana continues to be legalized. As a result, vets are seeing an uptick in animals requiring treatment for poisoning.
So this type of activity is becoming more of an issue. Do not make the same mistake!
Luckily, there are safer ways to treat pain.
Taking everything into account, marijuana is not safe enough for your dog.