A bill moving through the California Legislature would allow veterinarians to recommend cannabis treatments to pet owners.
Andrew Chavez said his dog, 6-year-old Dug, was just not the same after being hit by a car.
“He just gets a little bit of anxiety when I leave him alone,” Chavez said.
A veterinarian’s prescription led to unwanted side effects.
“I don’t really want to put him on sedatives because I don’t really like the way he acts from it, and I don’t think it’s natural,” Chavez said.
Instead he opted for a CBD tincture meant for pets, and soon vets may start suggesting similar products.
Senate bill 627 prevents the state Veterinary Medical Board from stopping vets from recommending cannabis products.
“At this point the legislation is such that we are not allowed to discuss or prescribe cannabis or cannabis products to pets in the veterinary field,” Dr. Eve Beth Shaw an emergency veterinarian at 24/7 PetVets said.
Shaw said she couldn’t comment on pending legislation, but said some cannabis products can be very dangerous.
“Dogs react very badly to excessive amounts of THC which is the psychoactive portion of the marijuana. They do not have as much of a problem with CBD, but it’s difficult or impossible to get CBD products that do not contain some THC,” she said.
The Veterinary Medical Board shared its concerns in a statement:
“The bill’s lack of protection against negligent and incompetent cannabis recommendations by veterinarians would have serious impacts on the health and welfare of animal patients.”
Advocates said they want pet owners to be informed and aware of all options.
The bill cleared the Senate unanimously. It’s set to be heard by the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions July 9.