What you must learn about CBD oil and your pets

Do you have a hyper puppy or cat who just won’t freeze no matter what? Or, on the contrary, an older pet that is dragging because its joints are sore? You may have CBD on your mind because you probably know someone who swears it fixed the gap filling problem their dog was having.

Cannibidiol, which is derived from the hemp plant, is making headlines for reports that it can treat pain, anxiety, inflammation, and even cancer in humans, but it’s not just people who gobble it up. CBD is popping up everywhere – for pooches – and pet owners buy.

“It’s my dog’s groomer,” Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer for the American Kennel Club, DMV, told NBC News BETTER. “It’s on the cashier’s counter.” And as word of mouth spreads about the substance’s many supposed powers, “people are picking it up off the counter and trying to treat everything from anxiety to arthritis to seizures,” he said.

It only makes sense, given the rumors about his powers. “We do what we can for those we love,” said Dr. Small. “We reach for things that can help.” But there are a couple of problems with this picture, he said. The results of administering CBD to pets so far have been anecdotal. And “the popularity and marketing outperform research and regulation,” he said. “These animals cannot speak or tell us how they are feeling. It makes marketing this miraculous drug even easier. “

If you are tempted to attend the CBD party, there are a few things all concerned pet parents should know and some questions to ask.

What does the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say?

The FDA has approved only one prescription-only CBD-based drug for humans, which is used to treat rare forms of epilepsy. FDA spokeswoman Lindsay Haake told NBC News BETTER that “the FDA has not placed restrictions on the extra-label use of Epidiolex (cannabidiol) in animals. Veterinarians must adhere to the principles set out in the Animal Medicinal Drug Use Clarification Act (AMDUCA) and all state and federal regulations for handling the drug. “

She continued, “The FDA is currently collecting information about marijuana and marijuana-derived products that are being marketed to animals. The FDA is reminding consumers that these products have not been tested for safety or effectiveness by the FDA, and we encourage you to speak to your veterinarian about appropriate treatment options for your pet. “

Did that clear that up? No? Fountain …

Your veterinarian may have questions too

While a veterinarian should be open to discussing general CBD use with their customers, Klein said, Klein said, “a veterinarian must determine that there is currently no scientific data on the use or dosage of CBD in pets, but rather.” just anecdotal. With CBD products currently unregulated, there is no way to ensure effectiveness for various purposes ranging from anxiety, arthritis, or even epilepsy. there [are] no recent studies on the dosage of CBD to properly and effectively dose a 6-pound Chihuahua or 150-pound Great Dane. The time may come when science has true answers, but it is not now. “

You can’t assume that what works for a person will work for a cat, will work for a dog, and will work for a horse, he said.

If this sounds alarmist, keep this in mind. The FDA has issued significant warning letters to companies selling CBD products, said Dr. Small, including some who market their pet products.

Dosing issues aside, “there is no accountability” when it comes to what they contain, said Dr. Small. Can you be sure that it is made from hemp, not marijuana, and that there is no THC that is toxic to pets? “As an emergency vet, I’ve worked with dogs that got into marijuana brownies, and that’s worrying,” he said.

What are the long-term effects?

In short: “We don’t know,” said Dr. Small. “The time frame hasn’t been there long enough. And no studies have been done. We know there are some changes in blood pressure and dry mouth, but these are only preliminary studies. “

“I don’t want to be the naysayer because I think there is real potential for potential benefits here,” said Dr. Small. “It could be a wonderful product in the future if it is regulated and we have data.” As of this point, he said, “I understand the frustrations of the owners, but there is no specific information.”

But maybe there is news on the way. Dr. Klein points to a study by the AKC Canine Health Foundation examining CBD as a treatment for epilepsy. “Hopefully we’ll have some results on that in a year or so.”

The final result?

“I cannot stress enough that the laws and some of the material are constantly changing,” said Dr. Small. “It is important that people are aware of the concerns and that even the vets themselves are aware of the latest data. As long as they understand that what they give has not been scientifically proven, that it may be of no use, it is up to them if they want to go that route. “

Last word from the vet? “Currently, if you do, you do it at your own risk.”

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