OK, if you have watched or read about cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors, you now know that they are in animals too, including pets.
After the jokes die down, if you have an older pet with health issues, it may be worth further research. Note, I am not any sort of medical professional.
If your pet is tolerating its medicine well and it is effective, certainly do not change anything. At this point my non-professional opinion would be to consider this option when there isn't really much else that your vet can do.
DO NOT FORCE SMOKE INTO YOUR PET'S FACE. I am talking about cannabis based medicines, such as glycerin tinctures, for pets, especially pets nearing the end of their life. Or, the concentrated oil can be smeared onto treats or even right onto the teeth of a pet that has no appetite. It will be absorbed through the tissues in the mouth as it melts. Capsules can easily be made from the concentrates if your pet can take them. Start with the tiniest of dosages and work up to an effective dose.
Why would anyone do that to their pet, right? Well, as with people, it largely has to do with positive effects and lack of negative side effects.
The big three positive effects I suppose are pain reduction, appetite stimulation, and restful sleep. As with people too, an animal will need a few doses to get used to the medicine and may lose some coordination with the initial doses. Be careful around stairs or drop-offs. Watch the animal until it falls asleep. If given a large dose be watchful as the pet could wet the bed. They sleep very soundly and typically wake up, go outside to do some business, come in, and head to their food bowl.
I guess it shouldn't be all that surprising that veterinarians haven't started reusing it as medicine, at least the vast majority of them. Few enough doctors believe in the benefits and people are telling them directly. Not many dogs are talking, even after ingesting cannabis.
I want to mention one, certain to be doubted effect that I witnessed first hand. The concentrated cannabis oil, when repeatedly applied over the course of a month or two, can shrink mast cell tumors on the skin of a dog. My dog, due to anesthesia problems could not withstand more surgery. I had read about this cannabis possibility, had the oil on hand, and so started melting my dog's leg tumor over the course of six weeks.
When I returned to the same vet that had refused to remove the growth under a local, he was very surprised and wanted to know what I had done. I only took the dog to clean the wound because it now appeared that he was going to survive for a while and I was afraid that it might get infected. After cleaning up the wound area, the vet said, "the growth was now hanging on by a thread, so I removed it and sewed it up"
Several months later I had to put the dog down. Eventually his problems compounded and I couldn't take watching the struggle. On his last morning before our ride to the vet however, he had a good appetite.
Here were some historical veterinary uses of cannabishttp://antiquecannab.../Veterinary.htm
Edited by Bob in Mich, 31 August 2014 - 10:04 AM.