Animal Clinic of Kalispell - February 2021


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time to really know what was going on, but looking back, I’m glad I got to help her out — and I got plenty of attention and pets too!

I’ve also been the trusty mascot of the Glacial Wolfpack football team. Dad is their defensive coordinator. When I was much younger, I remember Dad and all the players running through the tunnel. I thought it looked so fun that I decided to run with them! I went out onto the field, and it was quite an experience. Everyone was cheering and yelling and clapping! It was so cool, and the team loved that I joined them. I’d always liked being part of the team, and once I became the mascot, I had an essential role. In 2019, I was even featured with the team on their poster. It was so cool! My family and I also go camping and hiking, which I really love. Adventuring is wonderful; I love experiencing new things and checking out the world. As long as I’m with my family, that’s all that matters. However, I will say, some adventures weren’t all happy and fun. Two years ago I was diagnosed with cancer; I had a nasal tumor. Overall, I will say it was a great experience even though I was sick. I went to Washington State University to receive treatment, and they took really good care of me and my family.

THE REASON WHY THERE ARE NO DISCUSSIONS A few clients at our clinic have asked our veterinarians about using cannabidiol (CBD) products for their pets. Some of them are already giving their furry friends CBD but want our doctors’ opinion or expertise on the compound. Unfortunately, this is not something veterinarians can discuss with their clients.

I know my family was scared, but seeing how the doctors reassured Mom and Dad made me feel just as happy as having my parents with me the whole time. The treatment was hard on all of us, but it helped so much. Now I am cancer-free and feel so thankful. Each day spent with my family in the past two years has been a blessing. Today, nothing makes me happier than my family. Despite my old age, I love being with them and going on whatever new adventure awaits us. I’ve spent my life with my family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s not something I can legally recommend or prescribe for the animals we see,” Dr. Clark explains. “Because there just isn’t enough data on the subject. We just don’t know what it does, if anything, and the products have no regulation whatsoever.” CBD oil, for example, is not regulated for pets at all. Without industry regulations, veterinarians can’t be sure if the labels are even correct. Is the percentage on the label the actual amount used, or is it more or less? Added to this, we aren’t sure how CBD affects pets. That fact that it is “natural” and commercially produced does not mean much. Montana is one of the 36 states that has legalized the use of CBD. However, while CBD has been shown to help humans with health problems including pain, anxiety, and sleep disorders, there is still not enough information about whether pets experience the same benefits. As of Jan. 2021, marijuana is also legal in Montana. Though it is rare, we have seen pets in the clinic before that have consumed marijuana edibles, which contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), though this situation is more commonly seen in the emergency room. This is usually very problematic because doctors have to treat the toxicity of the drug as well as the effects of whatever it was placed in, like chocolate or, more dangerously, xylitol. These cases can be severe. We have seen dogs that have accidentally gotten into the substance where the effects lasted several days.



1. Fill each heart in the mold 3/4 full with yogurt. 2. Freeze the yogurt hearts for 1 hour. 3. When the yogurt is set, add the puréed strawberry on top of each heart to fill the rest of the mold. 4. Freeze for another hour, then share the tasty treats with your dog! Note: If you don’t have a heart-shaped mold, you can freehand your treats on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze 1 tbsp dollops of yogurt for an hour, then top with 1/2 tbsp of strawberry purée and freeze another hour.

There are some small ongoing studies that have yielded very mixed results on the effects of CBD in pets. Though it is wise to seek professional guidance on administering CBD or any product to your pet — and we appreciate you asking about it — it’s important to know there is not enough information currently available to answer these questions with certainty. As more studies are conducted in the future, we hope to be able to have these important conversations with our clients.

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