Vets Say Medicinal Cannabis Could One Day Be a Big Help for Family Pets

Article by CBC News

Vets say medicinal cannabis could one day be a big help for family pets Social Sharing Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn ‘Dogs like the smell of cannabis,’ Sudbury veterinarian says CBC News Dogs who have consumed cannabis may exhibit signs of sleepiness or incontinence, a Sudbury veterinarian says. (Submitted by Nicole Simone )

As of April 1, you can legally buy weed in Ontario pot shops. Recreational cannabis has been legal since last October. And medicinal marijuana has been allowed since around the year 2000.

But what about pets?

Darren Stinson, a veterinarian at the Chelmsford Animal hospital in Chelmsford, Ont, says they have seen high pooches before, but that’s usually through accidental consumption.

“There is no legal pathway for veterinarians to be able to dispense it or prescribe it to a pet,” Stinson said. “We’re hopefully on it now because we do believe that there probably are benefits to it, but we don’t have dose rates for it and we don’t have an approved product for it either.”

I think the dog ate your stash

Stinson said cannabis products could eventually help pets with pain relief, epileptic seizures, and other health issues, the same way that people have reported its benefits.

The process to get dosage levels tested could take years, he said.

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