The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Wants Health Canada To Allow Medical Marijuana For Pets

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CAVM) is calling on Health Canada to let pets use medical marijuana. 

Recently, the CAVM joined forces with the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine (CAVCM) to persuade Health Canada to consider adding pets to the list of eligible patients in the country's medical marijuana program. They believe CBD treatments should be available to treat pain, anxiety and inflammation in pets. And CAVM Executive Dr. Enid Stiles says Canadians should expect these changes to come sooner rather than later.

"Absolutely, in the next few years we will be seeing some labelled drugs with cannabis or parts of cannabis for use in pets," she told Global News.

CVMA Past President Dr. Troye McPherson says pet owners have become increasingly curious about cannabis treatments for their pets. She added that while looking into this potential treatment, veterinarians should proceed cautiously.

"The CVMA recognizes the veterinary community is in the midst of rapid change in this area with some anecdotal evidence of benefits, but [there’s] a lack of peer-reviewed, controlled clinical studies on cannabis," McPherson said in a statement.

Meanwhile on the other side of the border, states like New York have also begun to look at what medical marijuana can do for pets. But, there are dangers too, warns Stiles, and animals should be kept away from large amounts of cannabis when possible.

"[We’ve] seen in the United States, in the areas where it has been legalized, there tends to be a bump in the amount of toxic cases."

So, for anyone out there with a particularly anxious pooch, CBD may just be the thing you've been looking for.

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