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Cannabis Concerns

With the legalization of cannabis, we have personally seen an increase in the cases of cannabis ingestion by pets in the home.

What happens if my pet ingests cannabis?

Cannabis ingestion has many symptoms based on the amount of product ingested, the type of product ingested (CBD vs. THC and oils vs. dry product). The cases we have seen have been mostly ingestion of dried products either before or after smoking, yes the remnants of a that joint is toxic! Symptoms include ataxia, disorientation, vocalization, enuresis (inability to control your bladder), altered heart rate, difficulty managing body temperature, tremors, seizures and even coma.

Treatment

When treating cannabis ingestion we treat them symptomatically so we treat nausea with anti nausea medication, dehydration with intravenous fluids and so on. Unfortunately some symptoms simply need time to be dealt with and symptoms like disorientation, coma etc can take days to clear up even with treatment.

Rule number one of toxicity

If you are concerned your pet has ingested anything; legal or not you MUST tell your veterinary team so they can initiate the appropriate treatment to help your pet recover faster and more effectively.

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Last updated: September 17, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made 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

  • Our doors are OPEN and we are allowing clients into the clinic. Please wear a facemask before coming through our doors.
  • Social distancing of 2 metres is required.
  • Surgical/Medical drop-offs are best completed curbside, please call when you arrive.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication. If you are picking up an online order at our hospital, please give us a call and we will bring it out to your car. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS

    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED
    Closed on Holidays.

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

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre South