We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
Marijuana Exposure on the Rise in Our Campbell River Community
December 27, 2018
Recently at the Campbell River Veterinary Hospital, we are getting a very high number of emergency phone calls and cases (mostly dogs) of acting acutely “drunk.” A large number of these cases are pre-adults and puppies. The typical history is “We were on a trail hike or nature walk or at a campsite, and now my dog is acting lethargic.” This summer has been a record high of inadvertent ingestion of marijuana, and this will likely be on the rise in the coming months due to legalization. We want to inform the public about what signs to look for in their pet.
SIGNS OF MARIJUANA EXPOSURE IN YOUR PETS
Fast or slow heart rate
Low body temperature
Wobbling, pacing and agitation
Sound or light sensitivity
If you Suspect your Pet has been Exposed- per CVMA (Canadian Veterinary Medical Association)
If you suspect your pet has been exposed to something they should not have, take them to a veterinary hospital immediately for professional care. Veterinarians can induce vomiting if ingestion of marijuana was within 1-2 hours, which may prevent clinical signs of toxicity from developing. If your pet is already showing clinical signs, they may require hospitalization and supportive care.
Do not be afraid to tell the veterinarian your pet has accidentally ingested marijuana products, as not knowing this can make managing your pet’s case difficult. As per privacy laws, be assured they will not contact the police.
Treatment may include inducing vomiting, administrating activated charcoal to prevent further absorption and intravenous fluids.
Further research is recommended to understand the safety and efficacy of marijuana in veterinary medicine. For now, marijuana is not approved for medical use in animals until further studies have been done.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 250-923-4292. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. The veterinarian will then call you to discuss our recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a technician will return your pet to your car and take care of any needed medications and payment.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time. However, if you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday 8 am - 5 pm. Our grooming department is closed until further notice.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards, debit cards, and e-transfer payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our jobs. We have taken these measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this disease.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid, and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Campbell River Veterinary Hospital