In California, we share our entire lives with our pets. Some might call us obsessed. They’re intimate members of our families that come with us to work, to the beach, and even to the massage parlor.
But there’s one thing that is currently difficult to share with them, cannabis. As of August 2018, veterinarians in California are prohibited under state law from discussing cannabis as a treatment option for pets.
California Assembly Bill 2215, which was ordered a second reading yesterday by the Senate Appropriations Committee, could be our only hope in protecting California veterinarians and pet owners from legal repercussions.
This bill would expand “the intent of the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) to control and regulate cannabis and cannabis products for medicinal use on pets,” and “allow a veterinarian to discuss the use of cannabis on an animal for medicinal purposes without being disciplined or denied, revoked or suspended by the Veterinary Medical Board (VMB).”
I’m not saying you should share a joint with your pup or favorite feline, or even give them marijuana, but hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) has been researched (across the country but also locally at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital) as a supplement that promotes cardiovascular function, supports healthy joints, promotes neurological health and emotional behavior and helps give dogs a shinier, silkier coat.
Ian Quinn, the CEO of Phyto Animal Health, a San-Diego-based company, has a strong background in the pet industry and would be a great person to speak to regarding this bill. He was the leading writer commissioned to re-write the guidelines of Cannabis Use in Veterinary Medicine for the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Phyto Animal Health produces and distributes CBD products for pets (cats, dogs, horses) including liquids and treats, customized for small, medium and large dogs. The company offers both full-spectrum (0.3 THC) and THC-free products that have been Triple Lab Tested and approved by a board of veterinarians for safety and consistency.