Gary Richter, MS, DVM, CVA, CVC, GDWVHM, has been practicing veterinary medicine in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1998. Dr. Richter is certified in veterinary acupuncture as well as veterinary chiropractic. The safe and effective use of medical cannabis in dogs and cats is central to both Dr. Richter’s medical practice and educational outreach. By integrating medical cannabis with other conventional and alternative therapies, Dr. Richter has improved the quality and extend the life of pets living with medical conditions ranging from arthritis to inflammatory bowel disease to cancer. His book, The Ultimate Pet Health Guide–Breakthrough Nutrition and Integrative Care for Dogs and Cats, published in 2017, includes a chapter on the use of cannabis for pets.
The state of veterinary medicine has advanced significantly in recent years and thanks to the availability of more effective medicine, many pets are living longer than they would have years ago. With age however, comes the onset of problems such as arthritis and other forms of pain and inflammation. Conventional pharmaceuticals commonly used to treat pain sometimes have a negative impact on the immune system, GI tract, liver, and kidneys. Additionally, they don’t always work as well as we would like them to – for humans as well as our pets.1