Is CBD right for pets?

Can trend in using CBD for medicinal purposes be applied to animals?

By David L. Podos

There are quite a few companies that manufacture and sell pet-formulated CBD products and according to each company, will help pets with a wide array of conditions.

These include mobility issues, seizures, stress, anxiety, digestive issues, pain and inflammation, to name just a few.

CBD stands for cannabidiol and is the second-most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis, or marijuana. It is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana, by itself it does not cause a high.

CBD seems to be popping up everywhere in conversations regarding health.

It is being highly touted as a treatment to help people with a slew of physical as well as emotional problems ranging from migraines to anxiety to inflammation. But what are its applications in regards to treating animals?

What if our four-legged family member becomes ill? Can CBD be used as an adjunct therapy for pets?

There seems to be no lack of information when it comes to CBD and its treatment for humans. Information on treating animals, however, can be a bit trickier. However, there are many sites with information about companies that sell CBD products specifically formulated for pets.

If one was to seek the advice of a veterinarian on this matter, they might find themselves a bit surprised. The vet may have limited knowledge about CBD and its application in treating animals. Much of this is due to the confusion on whether or not CBD can be legally prescribed by veterinarians for treating their animal patients, so many veterinarians simply stay away from the topic altogether.

Sharlana Scott, membership administrative assistant for the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, said the state allows for the sale, growth, distribution, transportation and processing of industrial hemp and products derived from such hemp, which includes CBD oil derived from hemp.

Therefore, veterinarians would be allowed to sell and prescribe hemp and hemp-related products in New York because it is legal under both state and federal law.

Nonetheless, many vets are waiting for more conclusive evidence- based research from prominent animal research facilities like Cornell University and verifiable legal legislation — if and when passed — allowing them to use CBD products for their animal patients.

A local veterinarian who requested anonymity said the industry is awaiting more clinical information. This particular clinic also said that it has seen an up-tick in many animals coming in with CBD overdosing issues.

Symptoms include lethargy, gastrointestinal problems, and urinary tract problems, to name a few. Eliminating the CBD products and or cutting back is the suggested course of action.

California-based HolistaPet manufactures and sells a variety of CBD products for cats and dogs. Its website states that it spent 12 years researching and experimenting to create what are some of the purest and best CBD pet products on the market.

On its customer review page, one can find a considerable number of people that has purchased CBD for their pets with glowing reviews.

If a pet owner decides to purchase CBD pet products, they may be in for a price sticker shock. CBD products are not cheap and as much as we love our four-legged family members and want to do our best in keeping them as healthy as possible, cost considerations can be an issue for many.

Taking time to do a little research about companies that sell pet-formulated CBD can give potential buyers lots of information.

Of course, if you have a veterinarian, consult with him or her first.

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