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Give dogs medical marijuana: Vet

A marijuana starter plant is for sale at a medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, in this November 20, 2012 file photo.

Credits: REUTERS/ANTHONY BOLANTE

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Now that many US states have legalized marijuana possession and use, a veterinarian says people aren't the only ones who should be able to benefit from the occasional puff - pot can also help dogs deal with chronic pain or other debilitating conditions.

No, blowing pot smoke in your pooch's face is not cool, Dr. Doug Kramer says in an interview with the irreverant and often risqueVice magazine.

But Kramer said after he "dosed" his dog Nikita, suffering from terminal cancer, she was up and around, and had a better quality of life until she reached the end.

Medical marijuana can also be used to give cats the munchies.

"We're using it on cats ... as an appetite stimulant," he said, noting how finicky felines get when they're sick.

In fact, any animal with cannabinoid receptors - pigs, chickens, monkeys and rats, for instance -- could feel the effects of THC.

But they wouldn't smoke it. They would receive it in a tincture or in food cooked in oil or butter made from cannabis.

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