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Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Marijuana For Dogs … Yay or Nay?

Porky and Buddy

Dear Porky and Buddy,
A friend of mine was telling me that now they have marijuana medicine for dogs, just like for people.

Is that true?

I always thought you should NEVER give drugs to your dog and I NEVER have, but the times . . . are they a-changin’?

The reason I am asking is that my dog, Doofus, has late stage bone cancer and I sure would like to find a way to help him with the pain.

Should I talk to my vet about this?

Bob

Dear Bob,

Well, yes and no.

New York recently introduced its own medical marijuana law for humans and there are many businesses that sell marijuana-based medications under that program.

But it has not been legalized for pets.

At least one bill has been introduced to remedy this, but nothing has reached the governor’s desk this year.

There is considerable research indicating that CBD, a common marijuana derivative, can be effective in treating pain in dogs (as well as seizures and persistent nausea).

TheBark.com has a very good series of articles online explaining the science behind CBD and other similar medications and the current state of research about its effectiveness with pets, especially dogs.

That said, you can ask your vet what she thinks about the current research but please don’t ask her to violate federal law by prescribing for Doofus.

We know it’s hard to see your friend suffer, but it’s not fair to ask your vet to jeopardize her license.

We will track the legislative efforts under way and let you know when it’s time to contact your representatives.

On a lighter note . . . come to the Oswego County Humane Society Cats and Snacks on October 28 from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.at the OCHS office at 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

Cats to play with, free refreshments, and the admission fee is a donation of cat or dog food to our Pet Food Pantry.

And then, speaking of how much we love dogs, come to Yappy Hour, November 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alex’s on the Water, 26 E. First St., Oswego.

“Yappetisers,” raffles, games, fun, cash bar. Music by John McConnell.

$15 in advance or $20 at the door. Buy tickets online at www.oswegohumane.org/events.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Located at 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: 315-207-1070.

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.

New York State Registered Shelter/Rescue-Registration No. RR239