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Marijuana and Our Pets

On October 17th, 2018 Cannabis was legalized in Canada. As marijuana can be toxic in our pets at high dosages, it is crucial for pet owners to be careful. Please put gummy bears or any related edibles away so your pet can’ get into them.

Legalization for marijuana extract can sometimes be used for our pets to treat pain, anxiety, seizures and inflammation. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol the phys coactive component) is removed from the plant because THC is toxic to pets. Marijuana extracts that do not contain THC have many potential benefits to pets, but further clinical studies must be done for safety and dosing factors.

Pets should never be given cannabis recreationally. It could put them into a life threating situation which can lead to death.

Written by: Marisa Straub – Receptionist



Rescue Dogs: Overcoming Unwanted Behaviours

Since the COVID pandemic has arrived in Canada (and around the world), we have seen a spike in pet adoptions. This is an amazing thing – for the new pet owner and for the pet.  However, one of the other spikes we see on an almost daily basis at the hospital is the need for new owner to attach “a story” to their pet's behaviours – particularly in the instance of “rescue” dogs.  In rescue situations, many of the dogs arrive with unknown histories and many of the dogs demonstrate specific or generalized fear and anxiety.

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