K-9 cannabis: Pet owners turning to CBD oil to treat animals

CBD products for pets are growing in popularity. (Caroline Vandergriff/KOKH)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) - More and more pet owners are turning to CBD to treat their animal’s illness, even though there isn't a lot of research or regulation surrounding the products.

CBD oil comes from the marijuana plant, but it doesn’t produce a high. The THC level has to be under 0.3 percent.

“We keep filling it up because it keeps flying off the shelves,” said Amber Roden with Pet Vet Supply in Midwest City.

CBD comes in drops, pills and even treats.

“We’ve had a lot of success in using them for dogs with severe anxiety when coming into the grooming salon, for dogs with really bad arthritis, overweight dogs, stuff like that,” Roden said. “I personally use it for my own dog.”

Many pet owners say it has incredible health benefits for their dogs and cats, but there hasn't been extensive studies about how the oil impacts animals.

“I’ve been getting inundated with calls from my clients about CBD oil,” said Dr. Kimberly Weiss, owner of the Healing Hands Veterinary Wellness Center in Oklahoma City. “We can’t recommend it, we can’t prescribe it and we can’t carry it in our offices at this time.”

Veterinarians can’t put a stamp of approval on CBD because of issues with the legality of the products under federal law.

The lack of research is also concerning to many.

“Anecdotally, all I’ve been hearing is positive things from my clients,” said Weiss. “But there’s never been any scientific studies.”

If you are going to use CBD oil on your pets, Weiss encourages you to do your research and buy from a reputable company. Make sure you consult with your vet too.

“Whether he agrees with it or not, at least let him know this is what’s going on so we can do a balanced healthcare of your pet," Weiss said. “If there is some reaction, we can decide whether it’s the CBD oil or not.”

There are a handful of studies in the works to look at the effects of CBD on dogs. Veterinarians are hopeful more research will help shed light on safe dosing levels.

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