Have a hyper pup or cat that just won’t chill no matter what? Or the opposite, an older pet that’s dragging because their joints ache? You may have CBD on the mind, because chances are you know someone who swears it fixed the fill-in-the-blank issue their doggo was having.
Cannibidiol, which comes 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 lapping it up. CBD is popping up all over the place — for pooches — and pet owners are buying.
“It’s at my dogs’ groomer,” American Kennel Club Chief Veterinary Officer Jerry Klein, DMV, told NBC News BETTER. “It’s on the counter by the cashier.” And as word of mouth spreads about the many purported powers of the substance, “people are grabbing it from the counter trying to treat anything from anxiety to arthritis to seizures,” he said.
It only makes sense, given the buzz about its powers. “We do what we can for the ones we love,” said Dr. Klein. “We reach for things that may help.” But there are a few problems with this picture, he said. The results on giving pets CBD have been anecdotal so far. And “the popularity and marketing is outpacing the researching and regulation,” he said. “These animals can’t talk and tell us how they feel. It makes this miraculous drug even easier to market.”
If you’re tempted to join the CBD party, there are a few things any concerned pet parent should know, and some questions to ask.