Lynne Tingle, Who Runs A Pet Adoption Center And Animal Sanctuary, Regularly Gives Cannabis Edibles And Topical Ointments To Older Dogs With Health Or Behavior Issues, Including Her Own Elderly Dogs Chorizo And Alice.

In this photo, Lynne Tingle administers a cannabis based medicinal treatment to a dog at the Milo Foundation pet adoption center in Richmond, Calif. As more states legalize marijuana for humans, more pet owners are giving their furry companions cannabis-based extracts, ointments and edibles marketed to treat everything from arthritis and anxiety to seizures and cancer. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) Although medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, it remains illegal under federal law, so there has been relatively little research into its potential medical benefits for humans or animals. Veterinarians in California and other states are legally barred from prescribing or recommending cannabis. They risk losing their veterinary licenses if they do. Our hands really are tied, said Ken Pawlowski, president of the California Veterinary Medical Association. Definitely were getting more questions from clients asking about it for their pets, but unfortunately we dont have any answers for them. Karl Jandrey, a veterinarian who teaches at the University of California, Davis, said he tells his clients they use them at their own risk with the potential to spend money for no improvement, or a risk of adverse side effects. Despite the lack of scientific data or veterinary guidance, many pet owners are convinced cannabis has improved their animals health and well-being, based on their own observations. Lynne Tingle, who runs a pet adoption center and animal sanctuary, regularly gives cannabis edibles and topical ointments to older dogs with health or behavior issues, including her own elderly dogs Chorizo and Alice. You just see a real difference in their spirit. Theyre just Medical marijuana not in pain, so theyre happier and theyre moving better, said Tingle, who founded the Richmond-based Milo Foundation. They just get a new lease on life. San Francisco-based TreatWell Health is one of a growing number of companies marketing cannabis products for pets despite questions over their legality.

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