We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Medicinal Cannabis and Pet Safety

Cannabis is the genus of a plant originating from Central Asia.  There are several species of cannabis plants including Cannabis sativa and Cannabis Indica.  The plant is also known as hemp.  Although, this term is often used to refer only to the plants cultivated for non-drug use.  There are two main products or cannabinoids derived from the plants, T.H.C. and C.B.D.  T.H.C. has significant psychotropic effects, while C.B.D. is believed to possess anti-inflammatory effects and pain control properties.

Dogs have the highest concentration of T.H.C. receptors of all mammals making them the most sensitive to the effects of T.H.C.  Even the smallest amount of T.H.C. will lead to a condition where the animal is swaying from side to side, drooling, urinating on itself,  acting disorientated, and can be fatal in rare circumstances.

At this time, there are no scientific studies that have looked at the effects of C.B.D., but it has been reported to help with arthritic pain and anxiety issues.  Even though recreational marijuana use is now legal in Ontario, it is illegal for all veterinarians to prescribe to their patients.  Medical marijuana laws do not apply to veterinarians, only human physicians.  Any discussion or recommendation made by a veterinarian could result in disciplinary action.  Scientifically based studies and trials are now underway and hopefully will lead to the legalization of marijuana and the development of new products that improve the quality of life for our furry friends.

Written by: Dr. Bernard Caplan, Veterinarian



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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 416-537-3128. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday & Friday: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm, Tuesday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Annex Animal Hospital