The Vet Who Wants to Legalize Medical Marijuana for Dogs
Now that it’s possible to legally buy and smoke marijuana in many parts of the US, it’s safe to say that weed and its by-products will be ingested freely throughout the country in the next decade. But have you ever shotgunned a blunt into your dog’s face? If you have, you’re an asshole and should never do it again. But that doesn’t mean your pooch doesn’t like to get high, especially if it’s sick. Veterinarian Doug Kramer is among a small number of experts who believe THC could help canines cope with debilitating and chronic conditions just like it helps humans. I called Dr. Kramer to see how his crusade was going.
VICE: How did you first think to treat sick pups with pot?
Dr. Kramer: A client first brought it to my attention. She was a bit eccentric, but she was a very intelligent woman. She had a pet that was not responding well to any of the pain medications or the steroids that we were giving it, and she wanted to talk about getting medical marijuana. The other vets at the practice were pretty dismissive, but she saw that I was willing to listen.
I read somewhere that at some point your dog, Nikita, was diagnosed with untreatable cancer. You had tried pretty much everything, right?
She had gone through all of the traditional pain medications, even steroids. When it became clear that she was nearing the end, that’s when she had nothing to lose, as long as it didn’t hurt her. At the first dosage, she was up and around. I didn’t cure her. It was just a question of increasing her quality of life and putting off inevitably euthanizing her.
"Sorry Your Dog Got Decapitated"
If there’s a golden rule for people who run a dog-sitting business, it is this: Don’t let the dogs you’re watching get mauled by other dogs you’re watching. Montreal Dogs, a Canadian dog-daycare center, has recently received a barrage of bad press because a couple pets under their care got slaughtered over the past few months. And then they lied about it.
Photo by Kyle Cook
Every once in a while our boring office days are enlightened by DOG, a zine bursting with good ol’ bare breasts, nice looking people (we are all pretty ugly here), furry animals, and purple quads. DOG is produced by Josh and Sara. Josh is 21-year-old drummer of the band Decades and got into taking photographs for party photo websites so he could slink into concerts and bars underage. Sara is 20, studies visual communications, and gets off on painting and rattling pans in the kitchen. We asked them a few questions about their tiny compendium of good vibes that just came out in its second edition, which is inspired by winter—even though this year, winter was nonexistent.
(P.S. If you have ADHD or you just do not like words, interviews, and all-around boring stuff, just scroll down and check out the slide show.)