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Are CBD products safe for pets? Owners swear by it

Many people feel if CBD oil is safe for humans, it has to be safe for our pets. But that’s not what some professionals believe.

CHICAGO – Although it was once considered taboo, many people now use CBD products to ease aches and pains, reduce anxiety and improve sleep.

And now, some pet owners are swearing by its miraculous effects. But it's not FDA approved yet. So is it safe?

Many people feel if it is safe for humans, it has to be safe for our pets. But that's not what some professionals believe. Despite this, it is already being used to treat anxiety, arthritis and even fight cancer in dogs and cats.

When 2-year-old Winnie has a seizure, the dog’s Rockford owner gives her a few drops of CBD oil. In two minutes, Winnie stops shaking and has calmed down.

"Although we're concerned that we don't have FDA approval, we're also very excited about the potential here,” said Dr. Gail Golab, the chief veterinary officer at the American Veterinary Medical Association in Schaumburg.

Dr. Golab has been working with the US Food and Drug Administration to get CBD products tested for use in pets. But right now, very little is known about it.

"With FDA approval, those are the three really important things that we get. We get assurance of the effectiveness of the product, we get assurance of the safety of the product and we also get quality controls around the product,” said Dr. Golab.

Winnie has seen dramatic results. Her owner found the product at Noah’s Ark Pet Supply in Winnetka. The store sells CBD in oil, capsules, treats and a lotion that can be rubbed behind their ears.

"All the benefits of medical marijuana without getting your dog high,” said Noah’s Ark Pet Supply assistant manager Kelsey Bennett.

Benjamin, 9, and 4-year-old Boden are also CBD converts. The oil is placed on their dinner and they gladly gobble it up every night.

"We had recently moved and both dogs took it harder than I thought” said Elisabeth LeBris. “They were more anxious, they were more territorial than they had ever been."

But with a few drops of CBD oil, they barked less, they were easier to calm down and they showed less frantic behavior.

Dr. Golab says we are years away from FDA approval of CBD use in pets, and there are risks, including the potential for liver toxicity and interactions with other drugs the pet may be taking.

"We know on the human side that CBD and other cannabinoids can potentially interfere with drugs that are given to people and we have the same concerns with drugs and animals,” Dr. Golab said.

Products range in price, but generally start around $40. Priceless, some say, for pets who are desperate for relief.

"Your doctor may recommend that you take Vitamin D because you're deficient, but that's not approved by the FDA either but it works,” Bennett said.

Noah's Ark Pet Supply recommends you research a CBD product before you start using it on your pet, find out what type of oil is mixed with the CBD and how much, and see if it is organically grown and independently tested.

CBD and Pets??

C…B…D: Cannabidiol! Let’s face it, that’s the only CBD that anyone cares about these days, right? Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about CBD being used by grandmothers, young adults, baby boomers, and veterans. Of course, the inevitable question that follows is “Can I use it in my pets?” There is so much information out there and it’s so difficult to sort through what is correct and incorrect! We would like to try to provide some factual information and hopefully answer some of your biggest questions about CBD.

This will be an overview of where CBD comes from, what it may be used for, and things to look out for when purchasing CBD products. Unfortunately, at this time, veterinarians are still unable to fully prescribe or recommend CBD products, but we are available to answer questions that you may have to help you more safely choose a product. While hopefully these laws will be changing soon, the only state that has passed legislation to allow veterinarians to specifically recommend and prescribe these products is California.

Question: Is CBD the same as marijuana?

Answer: No. While both marijuana and hemp arise from different strains of the same plant ( Cannabis sativa ), they are highly varied in their content of THC (the psychoactive compound that creates the “high”) and CBD (the more medicinal compound). Most CBD products are derived from the hemp plant, which by law is required to contain less than 0.3% THC. While you can get marijuana-based CBD products as well, they are only legally available in states in which recreational marijuana is allowed.

Question: What is CBD used for in pets?

Answer: Right now, research is being done to establish safe dosing levels of CBD in animals, and to determine what conditions may best respond to the use of CBD products. It was initially suggested that CBD in pets may help with arthritis pain, improve appetite, control seizures, and slow tumor growth in cancer patients, but not all of these things have been investigated yet.

CBD has been even less studied in cats, and given that they often metabolize drugs and other substances very differently than dogs, you should never assume that a CBD dog product or dose is safe for a cat to consume.

Question: Is there any research being done using CBD in pets?

Answer: Yes, only very recently were some veterinary trials allowed to move forward to study the effects of CBD in particular conditions in dogs. A small double-blinded trial of 22 client-owned dogs with osteoarthritis has been published as of July 2019 from Cornell University. This study showed that dogs that received CBD oil experienced a significant

reduction in pain and an increase in activity compared to dogs that were given placebo.

Another study of 16 dogs with epilepsy studied at Colorado State University revealed that 90% of the patients had a significant decrease in the number of seizures they experienced. Colorado State has received a large grant to go forward with more in-depth research based on these preliminary findings.

Question: Well I can buy CBD anywhere now. If I can take it, my dog can take it, right?

Answer: No, this is definitely not the case. Unfortunately human CBD products may be formulated with additives that can be toxic to dogs and cats. Some contain things like xylitol, which is toxic to our pets. You should also choose products from reputable sources, as many CBD products have been found to be contaminated with heavy metals, toxins, mold, and some products have been found to actually contain no CBD at all! It is important to do your research and look for well-established companies that provide very thorough and specific information about their products, source their hemp responsibly, and perform rigorous quality control.

One important thing to look for is to see if the company provides a certificate of analysis (COA) on their website, or will provide one if you ask. This reveals the amount of THC and CBD in each product, as well as any testing they have done to confirm there are no contaminants present. If you cannot view a company’s COA, this presents a red flag about the safety of their products.

Question: Will CBD make my pet high? Are there side effects?

Answer: As mentioned previously, the current hemp-based CBD products that can be legally sold in the Ark-la-tex will not make your pet ‘high’ due to their low THC content. While side effects are rarely reported in pets, early trials have shown some effects such as an increase in ALP (a liver enzyme) in some dogs. Therefore, more research is needed to evaluate the safety of these products in dogs, and particularly cats.

If you choose to use CBD in your pets, it is important to always start at a low dose and work your way up to allow you to slowly evaluate their response. You should always use CBD products under the supervision of your veterinarian, and always let them know you are giving it in case other medications or supplements could interact with it.

If you have questions about the use of CBD in your pet, please contact UVH at 318-797-5522. Our goal is to provide correct and relevant information regarding CBD to keep your pet safe and happy.

CBD for Your Pets: Yes or No?

People who have pets – furry, feathery, or otherwise – often say their pet’s lives are as important as their own. That’s how much they love their animal friends – whom most even consider a dear part of their family.

So it doesn’t come as a surprise that when a pet is sick, their owners will go to all lengths in order to save their furry pal. The trend nowadays is to try more organic or natural means rather than highly chemical remedies that might work better for us humans than our pets who often have more sensitive internal organs than we do.

We want our pets to be well. However, safety is the main concern of pet owners who are looking for an alternative remedy for their pets, especially those that have serious conditions which can disrupt their normal way of living. CBD may be an ideal remedy to give relief to certain animal conditions.

For those fur parents who’ve been dealing with their pet’s illness and stress, formulated CBD can be an effective remedy. CBD is not only for pets but for humans who have health conditions as well.

CBD for Pets

And because various ailments are now being attributed to Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) – which is a health condition relieved or treatable with CBD, this same deficiency may also cause various pet-related diseases and disorders. So in essence, CBD can be absorbed by your pet’s system as a remedy.

CBD in pets can be administered orally – by feeding them treats or in tincture form, or by applying it to their paws to lick off or even through the thinner fur and skin of the outer ears. Of course, it’s best to find or research suppliers of pet-formulated CBD products that offer premium quality CBD. Like Green Mountain Hemp Company and our Noah’s Ark line of pet products.

It’s necessary to make the above distinction: you should be careful to buy CBD that comes from agricultural or medicinal hemp which has rich content of CBD and very little to almost no THC. Rather than a cannabis-based product.

CBD as an element is non-psychoactive; its high in THC counterpart is. So that’s highly toxic for your furry friend, and your dog looking “stoned” is no laughing matter!

Similarities between Humans and Pets

To be clear, the American Veterinary Medical Association is yet to take an official stance on medical marijuana for pets. But the many success stories of pets getting better by use of medical cannabis has caused more pet owners to turn to it especially in dire cases.

It’s interesting to note that aging humans and animals have similar symptoms and conditions. And since CBD is natural medicine, then its benefits – backed by scientific research, could aid in alleviating spasms, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, parasitic and bacterial infection, nausea, glaucoma, and skin problems for both pets and humans.

This is mainly because the endocannabinoid receptors in humans and animals are fairly genetically similar.

And just like in human health conditions, we should always err on the side of caution in terms of the dosage we administer to our pets. Just because we administer more doses doesn’t necessarily mean that our pet will get better right away, or at all.

CBD for Pets: Dosage Suggestions

For certain conditions or spasms in our pets, a higher dose might be most effective. But less quantity is applicable to cases such as anxiety for pets. The general dose is 1mg of CBD per every 10 lbs. of an animal’s body weight. This could be given once daily, or sometimes even twice.

When in doubt, always start with a smaller dose. Because the worst case that could happen is that it would just have no effect on your pet. Then you can just gradually increase the amount of CBD until signs of recovery or betterment are evident.

An important word of advice: be by your pet’s side after you administer them CBD to make sure that they are okay. Our pets won’t be able to converse with us, so careful observation is vital in the next several hours.

But for your peace of mind, CBD is itself non-toxic so it is not fatal for your furry, feathery, scaly and leathery babies. Worst case scenarios are they could either be lethargic or sedated or would have a huge appetite.

CBD for Your Pet

Finding a perfect pet is not that easy in terms of their health condition. You won’t be able to see certain genetic disorders that can be evident after years of staying with them.

Having a pet is a huge responsibility that every owner should embrace. They could have issues like anxiety that can cause discomfort whenever they are alone or caused by a traumatic experience in the past. This is common to pets from the shelters; aggressive behavior that can be risky to owners and people alike; allergies and inflammations that they can get during their play or just by eating foods that can trigger irritations.

The bottom line is that you should always check with your veterinarian first. They are our partners in caring for our pets. And because they have your pet’s medical records, their diagnosis and recommendation is still the best remedy for your pet’s ailment. Also, make sure that you get the CBD products from a trusted supplier. Always choose a business which can provide you with the information you need about their products.