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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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From August 31st to October 3rd, we are running a special promotion for the well-being of our feline patients.  We understand that bringing your cat to see the vet can be a bit stressful for some pets and their people too.  If you find this process challenging, give us a call at 416.537.3128 to speak with one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians for helpful tips on fear-free vet visits for cats.

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Last updated: July 30, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the 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

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.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: Closed


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.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Annex Animal Hospital