Pet owners consider CBD oil for their animals, vets warn to be cautious | KTUL

by Angelica Brown

Pet owners consider CBD oil for their animals, vets warn to be cautious (KTUL)

Hemp, cannabioid oil, or CBD, whatever you want to call it, people are now raving about it for pets.

Molly Wallace co-owns CBD American Shaman in Broken Arrow, and she says the drops and treats for animals are flying off the shelves.

“It’s a lot of word of mouth, but we absolutely sell out of them really, really quickly,” said Wallace.

There’s a long list of hemp products for dogs and cats using a compound found in marijuana. There’s no THC involved, so pets won’t get high.

“I know people who say it’s helped their pet deal with seizures and anxiety,” said Wallace.

However, veterinarians around town are pretty skeptical.

“We don’t know a lot about it, and we don’t know how it works with animals,” said Dr. Christine Kunzweiler with Veterinary Associates.

Dr. Kunzweiler says CBD is too new for animals. Vets across Green County just aren’t certain about the effects or how they differ for their furry patients.

“I would certainly like to see the FDA do more research and studies,” said Kunzweiler. “We need to see the benefits and if there’s any complications before you use it on your pet. We want your pet to be safe.”

For now, Kunzweiler’s advice is to bring your pet in if they’re having health problems. There are other innovative, drug-free alternatives like acupuncture and cold laser therapy.

The bottom line here: Do your own research and talk to your vet before giving your pets anything.

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