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Treating the Pet that has Injested Marijuana, CBD Oil and the Rest of the Medicine Cabinet
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4/17/2019
When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
7:00 PM
Where: BluePearl Pet Hospital
180 Bear Hill Rd
Waltham, Massachusetts  02451
United States
Contact: Jodi Melvin
508-241-8919

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Erin McGowan, VMD, DACVECC

 

Description:

Pets exposed to recreational drugs can be challenging as often there is reluctance to divulge what the pet could have gotten into. With marijuana now legal in Massachusetts along with many other states, we are seeing an increase in dogs exposed.  It is important for a veterinary practioner to be able to recognize classic clinical signs associated with these drugs and be able to act quickly to maximize their patients chances for a successful outcome. This lecture will progress through basic toxicological principles such as exposure routes, lethal doses, and decontamination principles.  It will heavily emphasize marijuana toxicity but also touch on therapeutic uses and canniboid oils.  It will also give an overview of both legal (antidepressants, prescription drugs, pain killers) and illegal (cocaine, opiods, methamphetamines) drug exposures, treatment, therapy, and management..  The successful participant will be able to determine possible routes of pet exposure to drugs both legal and illegal, the classic clinical signs associated, diagnostic testing helpful for certain toxicities, stabilization methods, antidotes, and treatment plans.  

 

I: General toxicological principles

a.     When to induce emesis and methods how

b.    Activated charcoal use.  Arguments for and against sorbitol

c.     Common presenting complaints concerning for drug exposure

II: Marijuana

a.     Toxic dosing

b.    How form/type ingested varies signs and prognosis

c.     Common presentation signs

d.    Confirmatory testing for THC

e.     Antidotes

f.     Examples of treatment plans and expected patient progression

g.    A review of pertinent veterinary literature

III: CBD oils

a.     How they are formulated and how they relate to marijuana

b.    Forms available and therapeutic benefit

c.     Dosing ranges and toxic levels

d.    Common presenting signs

e.     Antidotes and therapeutic plans

f.     Review of pertinent veterinary literature

III: Methemphetamines

a.     Toxic dosing

b.    How form/type ingested varies clinical signs and prognosis

c.     Common neurologic signs and how to treat

d.    Common cardiac arrythias and treatment options

e.     General treatment and monitoring plans for patients on methemphetamines

f.     Pertinent veterinary literature

IV: Opiod

a.     Toxic dosing

b.    How form/type ingested varies clinical signs and prognosis

c.     Recognition and management of neurologic signs

d.    Recognition and management of respiratory signs

e.     General treatment and monitoring plans for patients on opiods

f.     Antidotes – dosing and routes of administration

g.    Pertinent veterinary literature

V: Antidepressnts

a.     Toxic dosing

b.    Common forms and ingestion routes

c.     Recognition and management of neurologic signs

d.    General treatment and monitoring plans serotonin syndrome

e.     Antidotes – dosing and routes of administration

f.     Pertinent veterinary literature

 

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