VETS CAUGHT IN THE MID­DLE

Modern Dog - - WELLNESS -

We’re mak­ing leaps and bounds in North Amer­ica to make this ben­e­fi­cial plant avail­able for hu­man medicine. Why aren’t we mak­ing the same al­lowances for an­i­mals? On both sides of the bor­der, there are no laws that al­low the pre­scrip­tion of cannabis by vet­eri­nar­i­ans to their pa­tients. The Cana­dian As­so­ci­a­tion of Vet­eri­nary Cannabi­noid Medicine (CAVCM) was founded by vet­eri­nary pro­fes­sion­als whose ob­jec­tive is to gain ac­cess to cannabi­noid medicine, col­lab­o­rate on re­search, and ed­u­cate the public. Dr. Sarah Sil­cox is the CAVCM’s Pres­i­dent. “Cana­dian vet­eri­nar­i­ans needed a voice,” she says. “We don’t want to be left out of the dis­cus­sions that law­mak­ers are hav­ing about the le­gal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana.” “It’s frus­trat­ing,” she ad­mits. “We can’t talk about it, be­cause there is no le­gal way for us to pre­scribe it. If we rec­om­mend it, we are guilty of pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct.” So… what to do? Talk to your vet­eri­nar­ian. Gauge your vet’s will­ing­ness to dis­cuss the sub­ject and re­spect the eth­i­cal predica­ment he or she faces. If you feel changes need to oc­cur, con­tact your law­mak­ers and make your opin­ion known.

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