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247 Dogs, Cats and Cannabis; Learn from Ultimate Pet Health Guide Author, Dr. Gary Richter

August 31, 2017

Dr. Gary Richter is a holistic veterinarian who focuses on the integration of holistic and general practice veterinary medicine. He's passionate about educating professionals and pet owners on the benefits of integrative care. 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 been able to improve the quality of the lives of pets living with medical conditions ranging from arthritis to inflammatory bowel disease to cancer. Dr. Richter has been practicing veterinarian medicine in the San Francisco Bay area since 1988 and in 2015 was awarded the title America's Favorite Veterinarian by the American Veterinarian Medical Foundation.

Contact Info

  • Website: www.drgaryrichter.com
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Most Influential Person

  • My wife, Lee

Effect on Emotions

  • It affects my emotions in the sense that I use it to center, particularly at times in my professional life, when things can get intense and stressful. There's a lot of emotion at some times and that emotion can end up getting dumped on the veterinarian.
  • I use mindfulness to help keep me centered and able to focus on what I need to do.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • It's not necessarily something that I consciously think of, but it absolutely is something that helps keep one centered and helps you stay calm and focused in a chaotic and stressful environment.

Suggested Resources

  • Book: The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
  • App: No app

Bullying Story

  • Dogs don't bully in the sense that they don't do anything with malice
  • Dogs do have a hierarchy where for one reason or another a dog will feel it needs to step in and play the dominant role, whether they feel threatened or that their space is being invaded. You know you certainly see that.
  • Someone might bring their dog into someone's home and the dog who lives in the home may feel a need to defend their home and then there is an altercation.
  • There is a way to prevent this. If you have 2 dogs who have never met before then introduce them on neutral ground, like to a park where nobody has to feel defensive. That way they can do their own thing and get acquainted so when they go back to somebody's house there is less likely to be an altercation.