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SB 1480 is now law and every veterinary office in California is required to provide a verbal pharmacy consultation with every new prescription. This is a good thing as we are able to confirm that you understand everything you need to know about your pet's medication and make sure your questions are answered. We have been doing this informally for years but SB 1480 makes sure every veterinary office is doing it and formalizes how it is done.
What do you need to know about your pet's prescription? The law provides a list:
We've been covering this information for years both verbally and with material from our very extensive pharmacy library but the new law is very specific on format so don't be surprised if this takes a few minutes longer than usual. Written materials may supplement but we cannot check off that the consult was completed by simply providing written information. The consultation must be either verbal or electronic but not written.
In a hurry? If you wish, you may decline the consultation and take written materials or even decline written materials but the new law requires that we have noted your choice in the record.
WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT CANNABINOIDS
Cannabinoids have been used medicinally for thousands of years. They are typically divided into THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is for the most part the psychoactive/recreational cannabinoid, and CBD (cannabidiol) which is for the most part the medicinal cannabinoid. It is actually more complicated as there is CBC and CBA and other cannabinoids in the Cannabis plant but, practically speaking, THC and CBD are the main compounds you will see on labels.
There is no reason for a pet to take THC so we will just leave that out of this discussion.
CBD been shown to reduce seizures in epileptic dogs and seems to have pain relieving properties in canine arthritis. There have been reports of topical anti-inflammatory effects as well.
Bottom line: there are some good effects to pursue here.
CHALLENGES IN BRINGING CANNABINOIDS INTO VETERINARY MEDICINE
Those bottles of CBD oil look legitimate and they are for sale along with all the legal cannabinoids for humans. Why not just go buy one and use it? It turns out there are a lot of reasons to beware of these products.
1) They are illegal (with a few exceptions)
2) They are unregulated
This is all well and good except that without the FDA involved, a manufacturer can market a product without a lot of proof that it actually has any CBD in it whatsoever. Quality control is 100% up to the manufacturer of the product. The AVMA's position is that the consumer should have the product independently tested prior to using it on a pet but in reality this is not likely to happen.
3) Research is only just starting
Tolerance is also an issue. This means that the longer a pet (or person) uses a cannabinoid, the less effective it will be and more of it is required to get a therapeutic effect. This is also a problem to be overcome if there is to be a therapeutic product.
Cannabinoids inhibit enzyme systems that remove other drugs from the body which can increase the potential for toxic drug interactions. Many dogs that get CBD products are already on traditional medications. This has potential to be a big problem but how big and under what circumstances we do not yet know.
4) Veterinarians cannot prescribe or recommend them
Fortunately, most of these products turn out to be safe though occasionally one tests with a much higher CBD level than advertised which could be toxic to a small pet.
We know many of you are buying these products. We recognize the potential of cannabinoids to do a great deal of good but until we have an FDA approved product with proper testing behind it and proper quality control, you should probably wait.
There are a whole bunch of products with associated rebates (Trifexis, Comfortis and others). Did you get your rebate? If not, we can still reprint a receipt for you for processing.
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