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Marijuana and Pets

12 November, 2013

Blogging to you today at 4am. The man has gone fishing. I had choices. Go with him, stay in bed or write my blog. And you, faithful friends, have won out. A brief one on me. Got a new tattoo. Two cherries with an entwined stem and the initials B.B. (a B in each cherry). Ok, I got another man’s initials on me. Is it bad luck or is that just names? Don’t know. Don’t care much for superstition. Trying to get people to understand tats is difficult. No one can see past the initials. The WHOLE tat represents something. The cherries are a whimsical jab at something my (what ever the heck he is) “friend”, Randy Maberry, said. He told me that if you don’t have sex for 7 years, you are “technically” a virgin. (I have no idea where Randy gets his information. I think he might just make it up.) So I had the cherries done for that. The entwined stems are more for Bill than his initials. The initials mainly represent my exodus out of this past year. You all know where I’ve been this past year. Fred getting so sick, widowhood, depression, and now this. Some of you might understand. Anyway….Onto the Blog!!

Marijuana and Pets

Recently, I ran across some interesting info on Marijuana and Pets. Since I am interested in both of these topics, I looked further and this is what I found. Straight out of Fresno CA. (Yep, Freeze Burg)

Several people were asked and all of them agreed that as a last ditch effort to save a beloved pet they WOULD use marijuana. (I don’t know if the people involved were smokers or just random people off the street.) Most people, I don’t think, think much on this subject. But there is a group out there, Supporters of Medical Marijuana for Pets, that says it’s a viable option.

Darlene Arden, a pet behaviour specialist, states, “It does help people and pets. And I don’t think we should be denying anyone in pain whether they have two legs or four the medication that they need to be out of pain.” She also told the website in Fresno that several vets are actually recommending Marijuana for pets going through chemo, not eating or are in pain.

Users reported that their ailing dogs were now acting like puppies and the end of life no longer seemed like the end of life. The Marijuana is distilled, liquefied and place in food for the pet. Let me point out that there are no real studies on this subject and all of this is through the grapevine, over the back fence, type of info.

Dr. Kelly Weaver of Pet ER in Fresno CA thinks studies are needed as she has seen Marijuana overdoses in pets and more and more of them recently. What used to occur once or twice a month is now happening once or twice a day. “When people are going through all this weirdness they know what they did, they know they know what they took. The animals don’t understand why the world is spinning on a different axis. It’s just not a fun thing for them,” Dr. Weaver said.

As the laws change and Marijuana becomes more accepted, it’s in more and more homes. Most of the overdoses seen are cases where the dog finds the bag or eats a joint from an ashtray. Except Marijuana can be toxic to pets. Instead of relaxing them, it can make them super excited. Dr. Weaver says it can be like peeling them off the ceiling with a spatula. Most are wound up and very paranoid.

The treatments used are getting the animal to throw up the drugs, flushing the pet’s system with intravenous fluids, and using charcoal to absorb the Marijuana in the system. Treatment can take up to days. It is recommended that if your pet ingests Marijuana, you should run (not walk) to your nearest emergency vet. The quicker treatment starts, the faster your pet will return to normal.

However, Medical Marijuana for Pets is beginning to receive attention. During an informal survery at Woodward Park Dog Park in Fresno, pet owners were split 50/50 on whether to give fluffy or fido Medicinal Marijuana. Fifty fifty. That’s up from just a few years ago, where people would just say, “Hell, no”. So progress is being made.

Here is what a few dog owners had to say. “if she’s in a lot of pain, we’re trying different medicines and nothings working, I would consider that, if it seems like it’s helpful to somebody else. But it wouldn’t be the first thing I’d try,” dog owner Francesca told interviewers.

Another dog owner, Susan, told the interviewers: “Especially not if it hasn’t been clinically tried. It seems like it would be a dangerous thing to do. If you don’t know how it would effect the dog.”

“If it was at a point where he couldn’t digest his food and properly maintain his diet I would definitely consider cannabis as a source just to help keep him going if it was the last stage in his life,” said dog owner Leo.

But even if pet owners are willing, it’s going to be hard to find a vet to prescribe. The American Veterinarian Medical Association has NOT taken a stand on this subject. There are no industry guidelines. In fact, only one vet has come out in support of Medical Marijuana for Pets and actually prescribed pot for a pet patient.

So the consensus is MORE RESEARCH. This comes from both vets and pet parents. Isn’t it funny that the Government can always find the money to fly Michelle (My Belle) Obama places but can’t find the money to actually help creatures out of their misery? But don’t get me started on politics. That’s not why I’m here. That’s why I’m not writing for Newsweek. I’m just a simple stoner girl with a blog. And a dog (sort of). I think if my Ladybug (Buggy Boo Boo) was ailing, I just might try it….

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