Pot-based medical treatments for pets on horizon

Fido and kitty are a few steps closer to getting their paws on pot-based medical treatments in Canada as more cannabis companies research marijuana’s efficacy for companion animals.

Canopy Growth Corp. is the latest medical marijuana company to enter the potentially lucrative pet market with its announcement this week that it will embark on a Health Canada-approved clinical trial to research the use of cannabis-based products to treat animal anxiety.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Dr. Shane Renwick says its veterinarian members have received a lot of queries from clients looking for cannabis-based treatments for their pets’ ailments, such as pain, but there is no legal avenue for them to prescribe pot and not enough clinical evidence to support it.

He says the association is hopeful that the government will eventually approve some cannabis-based veterinary health products that its members can prescribe for their pet clients, and each clinical trial approval brings them one step closer in the process. (https://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/cannabis-oil-dogs-everything-you-need-know)

 

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