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.
Marijuana Toxicity: What To Do If Your Pet Ingests Cannabis
October 12, 2018
With those little green buds being as convenient to purchase as a bottle of your favourite merlot, it leaves the chance that your dog (or inquisitive cat) could ingest this substance if left accessible.
If a dog or cat were to ingest a portion of a marijuana cookie or other marijuana substance some of the side effects can be as followed:
Eyes can be quite dilated
Stumbling or appearing disoriented
Becoming lethargic or dull
If you are aware that your pet has ingested marijuana or a derivative, get them into a safe place where they don’t have access to the stairs and call your veterinarian for medical advice. Depending on the amount ingested, having a vet administer IV fluids to your dog or cat may help flush the drugs from their system. Marijuana toxicity cases are seen sporadically at our hospital, and most patients going home after fluid therapy has been administered, gradually resume their normal activities.
Keep your pets (and children) safe by storing marijuana in a well-secured area. Remember, these substances can be found in many different types of households. Even though it will become legal, let us be responsible pet owners and keep it far away from our furry friends.
If your pet has eaten marijuana of any form and you are uncertain on how to proceed, please give us a call at 250.743.3223.
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!
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
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital