On today’s episode, I brought on a veterinarian.  Now you may be wondering, as a doctor that treats humans, why I’ve brought a veterinarian onto the show.  It’s because my human patients are constantly asking me questions about using medical marijuana for their pets.  And, I’m at a loss when it comes to answering these questions.  I know human anatomy and physiology inside out.  But, when it comes to animals I haven’t a clue.

So, Dr. Gary Richter has graciously offered to take some time out of his day to answer some of the more commonly asked questions for us.


Before diving in, I want you to get to know Dr. Gary Richter.  So, here’s a bit about him,

Dr. Gary Richter is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science, a Masters of Science in Veterinary Medical Science and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Richter is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist and certified veterinary chiropractor.  After graduating with honors, Dr. Richter moved to the Bay Area in 1998. His expertise and experience includes time as a full-time emergency medicine clinician in Berkeley at Pet Emergency Treatment Service and as a general practitioner at Berkeley Dog & Cat Hospital. Dr. Richter has been the owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital since 2002.  In 2007 and 2008, Dr. Richter and his Montclair Veterinary Hospital team received awards from the community, including Best Veterinarian in the East Bay from Oakland Magazine, East Bay Express and KRON 4 TV.

Here’s a list of the questions we answered in the interview.

How have you seen marijuana help pets?

Which specific types of animals does it help?

What are the most common conditions that you treat?

What sort of results have you seen?

Does the animal actually get high off of the marijuana?

What are more common formulations of medical marijuana for pets?

Are there any dangers to using medical marijuana in pets?

What should owner’s do if a pet gets into their supply of medical marijuana and end up consuming too much?

I hope you found the information helpful.  You can get in touch with Dr. Gary Richter through his website which is, http://www.holisticvetcare.com/

Of course, as always, if you have any questions, please post them in the comments section below.