What Do Veterinarians Need to Know About Pets and Pot?
Veterinarians should be prepared to treat pets that have ingested marijuana as more states move to legalize or decriminalize marijuana use. They should also be prepared for questions about the therapeutic benefits of CBD and cannabis.
Pot Meds for Pets?
Under California’s Veterinary Medicine Practice Act, veterinarians can have their license either revoked or suspended for discussing medicinal cannabis with a client. SB 627 would change that. “Veterinarians should be the ones giving people guidance on how to do this, not people with zero medical training like the guy working behind the counter at the recreational cannabis dispensary,” contends Dr. Gary Richter.
With Legalization on the Rise, Veterinarians Warn Against Pets Getting Into Pot
Marijuana poisonings have been on the rise in dogs in recent years. In 2019, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center reported a 765% increase in calls about marijuana ingestion by animals over the same period last year. If a pet shows any signs of marijuana toxicity they should be seen by a veterinarian as quickly as possible.
Survey: What U.S. Veterinarians Know About Medical Marijuana
Most surveyed veterinarians think medical marijuana can help dogs, despite not being able to prescribe it. And a majority are not even willing to discuss it with clients.
Preliminary Data From Cannabidiol Clinical Trials “Promising” for Canines With Epilepsy
Researchers found that 89% of canines that received cannabidiol in a clinical trial had a reduction in the frequency of seizures compared to 43% in the control group.
Number of Marijuana-related Poisonings in Pets on the Rise
According to a statement from the American Veterinary Medical Association, calls to the Veterinary Services Poison Helpline about accidental marijuana ingestion in pets has surged 448% over the past six years.