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. Open 7 days a week
Cannabis Legalization & What It Means for Our Pets
December 3, 2018
As of October 17th, 2018, cannabis products are legal all across Canada. This may lead many people to think about our furry friends and the possible benefits these products may have.
Now that it is a legal substance, will veterinarians be able to prescribe and/or recommend cannabis products for our pets? The answer is no – not yet at least.
We often get inquiries about products, such as CBD oil, and if they can help with certain ailments that a pet may have. While there are many studies done in human medicine, there are so few done in veterinary medicine as of yet. In the words of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine (CAVCM), “It is important to recognize that cannabis is not a single chemical product with consistent effects; there are thousands of strains and available products at varying levels of “active” ingredients. This variability in available products potentially makes the use of recreational cannabis for veterinary medical purposes very haphazard, anecdotal and fraught with complications. Additionally, it is currently unclear how quality and quantity assurance for recreational cannabis will be managed.” Currently, veterinarians are unable to access these products unless changes are made to the current legislation. Due to the lack of studies and the many variabilities associated with cannabidiol, many veterinarians won’t recommend and can’t prescribe such products.
Questions regarding cannabis products are not the only thing we face in a veterinary profession. We also see many marijuana toxicity cases.
Here are the signs and symptoms of toxicity:
Dribbling urine (incontinence)
Difficulty or inability to walk
Pet may seem “stoned.”
Hyperreactivity to stimuli (light, sound, movement)
In some severe cases, you may see what looks like mini seizures
For further information on marijuana toxicity in our pets; See our previous blog post: Pot Toxicity & Our Pets or visit:
Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will 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.
4. OPERATING HOURS
During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!
Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet’s much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital