Aesops Vets Give Advice on the Use of Cannabis, Marijuana, CBD and THC in Pets

Marijuana for smoking and Cannabis oil are now legal in Canada. Dr Stogdale continues transparent-weed-3 cpto do research into which blends are effective for various medical conditions (not personally as she doesn’t need to use cannabis — yet). The medical conditions in dogs and cats include arthritis, pain, nausea or vomiting, epilepsy and anxiety. We have developed a protocol for the use of cannabis oil and the dosing regimens in dogs and cats. We are advising clients on the safe and effective use of marijuana in their pets. The oils vary widely (over 20 times) in their strength of THC and so in their effects. Careful choice and cautious dosing is required, but we have the dose rates.

We continue to update our information about Cannabis oil and edible options to provide the safest and most effective advice to our clients. For advice about using Cannabis oil for your pet, if you are not an Aesops client, we will require your pet’s veterinary medical record from your regular vet hospital (by fax or email). Please phone 204-487-4744 for an appointment. If your pet has a definitive diagnosis and a clear indication for the use of Cannabis, request a half hour appointment with Dr Kris Dyck ($87 + taxes). If there is no clear diagnosis, please request an hour-long appointment ($174 + taxes). Dr Stogdale does give cannabis advice (yes, she did inhale), but she is often fully booked or away hiking somewhere, and her appointments are more expensive (inevitably one hour or more at $230/hr based on time).

Increasing numbers of dogs overdosing on marijuana

Some dogs will eat anything including dried leaves, oil and mixed into food (brownies).

The current marijuana plants, especially those grown hydroponically, are much, much more potent than previously. Signs of overdose in dogs initially are sedation and incoordination. If they are more severely affected they may become confused, hyperactive and drool. In more severe cases, they may have tremors and even seizure.

Diagnosis is based upon the physical signs and a truthful history from all the family members (this can be a challenge). Treatment is supportive care.

Please do NOT share your marijuana, in any form, with your pets until you consult with and get advice from an informed veterinarian.

CBD is Poorly Absorbed in Most Dogs

Many clients have given CBD or cannabidiol oil to their dogs, often with disappointing results. Dr Stogdale thought that this may be due to the processing or the lack of complex interaction with THC. During recent research, she discovered some interesting articles about the absorption and pharmacodynamics of CBD. In particular:

Samara et al showed that CBD oil at high dose rates was either not absorbed or was metabolized by the liver. In half the dogs, CBD could not be detected in the blood; in the other half only 13 — 19% was detected. The amount detected was not affected by the dose level. This explains why we have frequently been unable to see any benefit from giving CBD oil to our dogs. This is unfortunate as there is good evidence that CBD (given by intravenous infusion) is effective in controlling epileptic seizures and in relieving arthritis discomfort.

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Explores the Use of Medical Cannabis in Pets

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) explored the issues and challenges pertaining to the therapeutic use of cannabinoids in veterinary medicine at its annual National Issues Forum that took place on July 5 during the CVMA Convention in Vancouver, B.C.

“The increased attention on medicinal cannabis is producing greater interest from pet owners, who in turn, are looking for guidance and answers to whether these products may help their pets,” says Dr. Troye McPherson, 2017-18 CVMA President. “Currently, veterinarians have no legal pathway to dispense or prescribe cannabis for animals. However, the CVMA recognizes the veterinary community is in the midst of rapid change in this area with some anecdotal evidence of benefits, but a lack of peer-reviewed, controlled clinical studies on cannabis. We are in an interesting position on how to create an open dialogue with our clients.”

“Veterinarians should always be the primary source of health-related information for animals,” says CAVCM President Dr. Sarah Silcox. “The CAVCM is working closely with the CVMA to encourage Health Canada to amend the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) to include veterinarians and our patients, and to permit the future classification of CBD as a Veterinary Health Product.”

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