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Vet recommends medical marijuana for pets in pain

Violinist and Olympic skier Vanessa Mae pets dogs at the PovoDog dog shelter in Baranovka near Sochi during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 22.

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Until she introduced “magic cheese” to her sick and aging bulldog, Laura Bugni-Daniel watched him suffer for two years. He would spend his days lying down or throwing up.

Today, at age 12, he plays like a puppy through the day, his fur is soft and he sleeps at night, soothed not by magic, but by the dose of marijuana in that cheese.

Bugni-Daniel is part of a growing movement to give medical marijuana to pets in pain. Many urge caution until there’s better science behind it. Stories abound, however, about changes in sick and dying pets after they have been given cannabis — even though it is not a proven pain killer for man or mutt, and it is an illicit drug under federal law despite being legal for people in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

Leading the charge is Los Angeles veterinarian Doug Kramer, 36, known as the “Vet Guru,” who felt it was his duty to speak out.

“I grew tired of euthanizing pets when I wasn’t doing everything I could to make their lives better,” he said. “I felt like I was letting them down.”









1. throw up v. phr.

嘔吐 (ou3 tu4)

例: He was in the bathroom throwing up all night.


2. lead the charge v. phr.

帶頭衝鋒;領導 (dai4 tou2 chong1 feng1; ling2 dao3)

例: He is leading the charge against childhood cancer.


3. let down v. phr.

使失望;使沮喪 (shi3 shi1 wang4; shi2 ju3 sang4)

例: She felt let down when he didn’t phone her.


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