CVMA Blog

22 May Updated Veterinary Opioid Prescribing and Dispensing Policy

On Monday, May 21, Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 18-22 Clinical Practice for Opioid Prescribing. The bill went into effect immediately upon the Governor's signature. This new state law limits the number of opioid pills a healthcare provider can prescribe and affects physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses with prescriptive authority, dentists, optometrists, podiatrists, and veterinarians.   Veterinarians are unique in their prescribing because they may also be dispensing the prescribed medication. If prescribing a controlled substance using their DEA number, veterinarians are required to register and maintain an account...

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18 May “High Time for Cannabis Research” by Sarah Rumple in AAHA Trends Magazine

As medicinal and recreational cannabis becomes legal in more states across the country, the health benefits of one of the plant’s compounds, cannabidiol (also known as CBD), are also becoming more apparent. While CBD has been used to treat various medical conditions in humans, little is known about how pets respond to the compound. Now, with funding from S. David Moche with Applied Basic Science Corporation, researchers at Colorado State University are moving forward with the first cannabis studies on dogs. The findings from which should inform veterinarians on how to...

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07 May Members Represent CVMA at Furry Scurry

Denver's Washington Park overflowed with dogs and their people during the 25th Annual Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry event on May 5, where more than 12,000 participants and their 5,000 canine companions showed up for the annual dog walk that raises money for shelter pets.   CVMA staffed a booth where member veterinarians volunteered time to talk to pet owners and provide general pet healthcare advice while also offering on-the-spot microchip scanning. While most of the pets we saw were microchipped, many owners were unsure of their pet's ID numbers and if...

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04 May Castle Rock Ends Pit Bull Ban

Pit bulls are now legal in Castle Rock after City Council there voted 5-0 to rescind the 25-year-old breed ban Tuesday night. Citing the difficulty in enforcing the ban without DNA testing, city council members did leave in a provision in city code about "dangerous dogs."   Read the full 9News article....

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27 Apr Puppy Diagnosed in Pueblo County, Second Exposed Dog at Large

An 8 month old puppy was diagnosed with rabies in Pueblo County. The puppy presented to a veterinary clinic after hours on 04/19/2018 for seizures, with a history of ataxia at home. The puppy did not improve with treatment and the owners elected euthanasia. The veterinarian contacted the local public health department due to the concern for rabies. Testing was completed at the state laboratory and it was positive for rabies. A second dog that lived in the same household as the rabid dog is known to be unvaccinated. The owners...

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