Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
With the legalization of cannabis (marijuana) in October, there have been many questions about the legality and efficacy of medicinal marijuana products in pets.
Cannabis is the common name for the plant cannabis sativa. Cannabis contains many different chemical substances which are collectively called cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are stored on tiny hairs that stick out from the flowers and leaves of cannabis plants. One type of cannabinoid which has been most extensively studied in humans is called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the cannabinoid which is responsible for the high and intoxication side effects of marijuana. THC does have some therapeutic effects but also has negative side effects, which increase when the dose of THC is higher.
Cannabidiol (CBD oil) is another cannabinoid which does NOT produce a high or intoxication, and actually has been shown to decrease effects of THC. Preliminary research suggests that CBD oil has the potential for therapeutic effects in many different areas in both human and veterinary medicine.
In humans, cannabis has many potential therapeutic uses including analgesia (pain relief) for both acute and chronic pain, arthritis, anxiety, sleep disorders, and appetite stimulation.
THC is toxic for cats and dogs; however, CBD oil may have potential therapeutic uses in our pets similar to those that are being explored in humans. Many studies are in progress, but there are very limited published results on the effects of CBD oil on cats and dogs. One study recently published by Cornell University has found a significant improvement in pain scores in dogs with osteoarthritis that has been given CBD oil compared to a placebo control group. No negative side effects were noticed at any of the doses tested. A study is currently underway testing the safety and efficacy of CBD oil in cats at Cornell University as well.
Currently, there are no CBD products approved by Health Canada for veterinary use, so veterinarians are unable to prescribe CBD oil legally. However, with the promising research coming from Cornell University and other research groups, we will hopefully see a veterinary product coming to the market in the future.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
We are allowing 1 client in per pet into the hospital. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us so a staff member can meet you at the door and bring you and your pet into the hospital for an examination.
We ask that you wear a mask when in our building and encourage you to bring your own. While in the exam room please minimize contact and keep with our social distancing protocols in the confined space. We are unable to offer the use of our hospital washroom at this time.
You may choose to continue with the "closed-door" approach and we can obtain a history over the phone and then collect the pet at the door for the exam. The Veterinarian will then call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link. You will be connected to an on-call veterinarian that may be located at a different hospital.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm Tuesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!